14. The Battle of Kursk by David Glantz and Jonathan House
David Glantz and Jonathan House deliver a comprehensive understanding of the information and tactics of the Red Army and Hitler’s army on the battlefield in Kursk, Russia. For years, details surrounding this historic event have been discussed. Through an in-depth retelling, the inclusion of maps, and explanations of the battles, The Battle of Kursk aims to uncover why exactly the Soviets won. Glantz and House dive into both Soviet and German sources to uncover the truth behind the Battle of Kursk and how Hitler’s plans were stopped.
Immense in scope, ferocious in nature, and epic in consequence, the Battle of Kursk witnessed (at Prokhorovka) one of the largest tank engagements in world history and led to staggering losses—including nearly 200,000 Soviet and 50,000 German casualties—within the first ten days of fighting. Going well beyond all previous accounts, Glantz and House’s 1999 work offers the definitive account of arguably the greatest battle of World War II.
“The most detailed, authoritative, and thorough analysis of the massive battle that led to the final victory of the Red Army over the Germans. This outstanding book deserves the highest praise.” —Malcolm Mackintosh, author of Juggernaut: A History of the Soviet Armed Forces