The Forgotten Battle of the Kursk Salient

7th Guards Army’s Stand Against Army Detachment Kempf'

Valeriy Zamulin

A companion work to the author's study of II SS Panzer Corps' offensive and the culminating clash at Prokhorovka.
Date Published :
May 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Editor :
Stuart Britton
Language:
English
Illustration :
32pp b/w photos, 8pp color maps, many tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781911512578
Pages : 648
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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Overview
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Using the Russian Ministry of Defense’s archives and Western sources, the author has produced a companion work to his masterful study of II SS Panzer Corps’ offensive and the culminating clash at Prokhorovka. He lays out the German and Soviet plans for the battle; the forces arrayed for it and the extensive Soviet defenses; and then goes through a meticulous examination of the course of the fighting, as III Panzer Corps suffered initial setbacks in its attempt to link up with the right flank of II SS Panzer Corps (then extemporized on the battlefield to get the offensive going and to complete the linkup), while the Soviet side fought valiantly to prevent this (according to the plan of the Voronezh Front Commander-in-Chief, N.F. Vatutin).

About The Author
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Valeriy Nikolaevich Zamulin, a PhD candidate, is a leading Russian scholar of the Battle of Kursk. Since 1996, he has been working intensively in the most important Russian and foreign archival institutes - including the Central Archive of Russia’s Ministry of Defense and in the US National Archive - in order to gather and analyze documentary sources on the events in the Kursk Bulge in the summer of 1943. In 2002, he was the first to describe the course of the famous Prokhorovka tank clash on a documentary basis; to publish previously unknown figures on the Red Army’s armor losses in the tank battle of 12 July 1943; and to give his assessment of the results, which differed from that previously accepted in Russia. He is the author of more than 60 scholarly works - including six books - in both the Russian and English languages, which have attracted great interest among scholars and history buffs. His most well-known work is Demolishing the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative (Helion, 2011). The results of V.N. Zamulin’s scholarly work are broadly used by military-historical authors, professors of State universities and Russia’s military museums, and several documentary films and television programs have been made with his participation. In 2010-2011, he was the academic consultant during the creation of the new military history museum in the legendary village of Ponyri, which in the Battle of Kursk, was the epicenter of the most savage and bloody fighting. At present, V.N. Zamulin is a member of the faculty of Kursk State University.

Stuart Britton is a freelance translator who resides in Cedar Rapids, IA. He is responsible for a growing number of translated Russian military memoirs, battle histories and operational studies, which saw an explosion in Russia with the opening of secret military archives and the emergence of new Russian scholars who take a more objective look at the events and historical figures. Two works that received prizes or prominent acclaim were Valeriy Zamulin’s Demolishing a Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk 1943 and Lev Lopukhovsky’s The Viaz’ma Catastrophe, 1941: The Red Army’s Disastrous Stand Against Operation Typhoon. Notable recent translations include Valeriy Zamulin’s The Battle of Kursk: Controversial and Neglected Aspects and Igor Sdvizhkov’s Confronting Case Blue:Briansk Front’s Attempt to Derail the German Drive to the Caucasus, July 1942. Future translated publications include Nikolai Ovcharenko’s analysis of the defense, occupation and liberation of Odessa, 1941-1944, and Zamulin’s detailed study of 7th Guards Army’s role and performance in the Battle of Kursk against Army Detachment Kempf.

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