Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II



One Of America S Most Distinguished Military Historians Offers The Definitive Account Of The Greatest Tank Battle Of World War II An Epic Clash Of Machines And Men That Matched The Indomitable Will Of The Soviet Red Army Against The Awesome Might Of The Nazi Wehrmacht While The Battle Of Kursk Has Long Captivated World War II Aficionados, It Has Been Unjustly Overlooked By Historians Drawing On The Masses Of New Information Made Available By The Opening Of The Russian Military Archives, Dennis Showalter At Last Corrects That Error This Battle Was The Critical Turning Point On World War II S Eastern Front In The Aftermath Of The Red Army S Brutal Repulse Of The Germans At Stalingrad, The Stakes Could Not Have Been Higher More Than Three Million Men And Eight Thousand Tanks Met In The Heart Of The Soviet Union, Some Four Hundred Miles South Of Moscow, In An Encounter That Both Sides Knew Would Reshape The War The Adversaries Were At The Peak Of Their Respective Powers On Both Sides, The Generals And The Dictators They Served Were In Agreement On Where, Why, And How To Fight The Result Was A Furious Death Grapple Between Two Of History S Most Formidable Fighting Forces A Battle That Might Possibly Have Been The Greatest Of All Time In Armor And Blood, Showalter Re Creates Every Aspect Of This Dramatic Struggle He Offers Expert Perspective On Strategy And Tactics At The Highest Levels, From The Halls Of Power In Moscow And Berlin To The Battlefield Command Posts On Both Sides But It Is The Author S Exploration Of The Human Dimension Of Ard Combat That Truly Distinguishes This Book In The Classic Tradition Of John Keegan S The Face Of Battle, Showalter S Narrative Crackles With Insight Into The Unique Dynamics Of Tank Warfare Its Effect On Men S Minds As Well As Their Bodies Scrupulously Researched, Exhaustively Documented, And Vividly Illustrated, This Book Is A Chilling Testament To Man S Ability To Build And To Destroy When The Dust Settled, The Field At Kursk Was Nothing Than A Wasteland Of Steel Carcasses, Dead Soldiers, And Smoking Debris The Soviet Victory Ended German Hopes Of Restoring Their Position On The Eastern Front, And Put The Red Army On The Road To Berlin Armor And Blood Presents Readers With What Will Likely Be The Authoritative Study Of Kursk For Decades To ComeAdvance Praise For Armor And Blood The Size And The Brutality Of The Vast Tank Battle At Kursk Appalls, This Struggle That Gives An Especially Dark Meaning To That Shopworn Phrase Last Full Measure Prepare Yourself For A Wild And Feverish Ride Over The Steppes Of Russia You Can Have No Better Guide Than Dennis E Showalter, Who Speaks With An Authority Equaled By Few Military Historians Robert Cowley, Founding Editor Of MHQ The Quarterly Journal Of Military History A Fresh, Skillful, And Complete Synthesis Of Recent Revelations About This Famous Battle As A Myth Buster, Armor And Blood Is A Must Read For Those Interested In General And Military History David M Glantz, Editor Of The Journal Of Slavic Military Studies Refreshingly Crisp, Pointed Prose Throughout, Showalter Demonstrates His Adeptness At Interweaving Discussions Of Big Picture Strategy With Interesting Revelations And Anecdotes Showalter Does His Best Work By Keeping His Sights Set Firmly On The Battle At Hand, While Also Parsing The Conflict For Developments That Would Have Far Reaching Consequences For The War Publishers WeeklyArmor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II

Dennis E Showalter is a professor emeritus of history at Colorado College Showalter specializes in German military history He was president of the American Society for Military History from 1997 to 2001 In addition, Showalter is an advising fellow of the Barsanti Military History Center at the University of North Texas.

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II
  • Dennis E. Showalter
  • English
  • 19 July 2017
  • 1400066778

10 thoughts on “Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II

  1. says:

    Could have been quite good, but a lack of reference maps severely restricts the enjoyment He talks about Russian sites as if everyone knows them The book goes into impressive detail on units and capabilities, but there is always a balance between amount of detail and enjoyable reading This book has a bit too much detail and, in combination with the lack of maps, it makes reading laborious.I learned a lot I didn t know, but was not sorry when the book was over.

  2. says:

    Both sides of the battle are given equal attention and the story relates clearly how they affect eachother mutually The writing is clear, sometimes even playful, with the confidence of a man who has read up on his subject in French and GermanThe German plan to eliminate the salient seems straightforward, but was in reality a pre emptive strike Unfortunately, it desintegrated into a series of miniature salients that were never secure Showalter wisely employs the metaphor of fingers that don Both sides of the battle are given equal attention and the story relates clearly how they affect eachother mutually The writing is clear, sometimes even playful, with the confidence of a man who has read up on his subject in French and GermanThe German plan to eliminate the salient seems straightforward, but was in reality a pre emptive strike Unfortunately, it desintegrated into a series of miniature salients that were never secure Showalter wisely employs the metaphor of fingers that don t close into a fist.The Soviet plan seems a logic response, but was originally envisaged as the first strike of a series of concerted offensives along the whole of the Eastern Front Stalin Stavka were not won over immediately to the idea of a defensive posture and throughout the battle the spirit of the counteroffensive weighed heavily upon Soviet tactics There is a fair amount of demythologizing, most notably concerning the armour joust at Prokhorovka The nomination for Kursk as a turning point of WWII is argued through the comparison of each belligerent s learning curve, which shows again that Dennis Showalter benefits from the work of David Glantz What stands out also is the analysis of the air war, particularly important for the German side since tactical air power had to make up for artillery shortages.The maps would ve been easier to follow by adding a series of consecutive overviews of the Kursk theater at a uniform scale Overall, clean n lean A perfect answer to my guiding question If I buy 1 up to date piece of scholarship on

  3. says:

    using the current state of the art research after the opening of Soviet archives and showing clearly why Kursk was the final turning point of the war in the East Moscow showed that USSR would not be beaten in a blitzkrieg, Stalingrad stopped the possible collapse of the state if it would have lost the rich South, while Kursk established the material domination of the Red Army as decisive very gripping and absorbing and a must for anyone interested in WW II

  4. says:

    This review is for the audiobook The non chronological style of the book does not lend itself well to audio, since it s virtually impossible to follow who is doing what, and where There s nothing wrong with the performance, it s fine, and this also isn t the author s fault, since includes maps with an audiobook isn t currently possible As for the content, it s clear, well defined and otherwise easy to follow That s why I gave it four stars Showalter is an accomplished historian and shows it This review is for the audiobook The non chronological style of the book does not lend itself well to audio, since it s virtually impossible to follow who is doing what, and where There s nothing wrong with the performance, it s fine, and this also isn t the author s fault, since includes maps with an audiobook isn t currently possible As for the content, it s clear, well defined and otherwise easy to follow That s why I gave it four stars Showalter is an accomplished historian and shows it here

  5. says:

    The event that signaled the end for the German war machine s offensive capability of WW2, after being halted and then turned around at Stalingrad Impossible to imagine the scale of the destruction.

  6. says:

    A detailed look at the series of battles played out on the Eastern Front in July of 1943 between Germany and the Soviet Union The author does a fine job explaining how both sides fought the battles, and how politics influenced some of the decisions made He also points out that the landings in the Mediterranean resulted in a naval pincer Britain U.S and a land pincer USSR against Germany at this crucial time The well known battle of Provkhorovka is not as extensively covered as in some bo A detailed look at the series of battles played out on the Eastern Front in July of 1943 between Germany and the Soviet Union The author does a fine job explaining how both sides fought the battles, and how politics influenced some of the decisions made He also points out that the landings in the Mediterranean resulted in a naval pincer Britain U.S and a land pincer USSR against Germany at this crucial time The well known battle of Provkhorovka is not as extensively covered as in some books, but you still get some feeling for the horrific battle it was 54,000 Germans killed, missing or wounded while the Russians lost a staggering 320,000 at Kursk Both sides paid a price, but for the Germans, it was not one they could continue to pay

  7. says:

    I wasn t too familiar with the Battle of Kursk besides hearing about it being the biggest tank battle in history This book was a great overview and gave views from Army, Corps, Division all the way down to battalion and company level I d like to read the Glantz book on Kursk, which the author mentions and references in this book But overall a good read with a lot of information that wouldn t be overwhelming to someone unfamiliar with military history.

  8. says:

    A good operational review of the battle that gives a fair balanced account of the actions by both sides and at least a plausible reason why the actions were done.

  9. says:

    I ve read a few books on kursk, this is probably the best one, but that may not be saying much It s a tough subject due to lack of resources and info I think it s worth the read

  10. says:

    A very solid, engaging, and informative history of the battle of Kursk Showalter s best work is in the beginning and the end of the book He does great work in putting the battle into context, both before and after, and paints a strong picture of Kursk as the turning point in the East The story is told at the Corps, Army, and Division levels, but Showalter does not neglect the experience of the individual soldiers, both behind the lines and in battle.The core of the book covers the week of Jul A very solid, engaging, and informative history of the battle of Kursk Showalter s best work is in the beginning and the end of the book He does great work in putting the battle into context, both before and after, and paints a strong picture of Kursk as the turning point in the East The story is told at the Corps, Army, and Division levels, but Showalter does not neglect the experience of the individual soldiers, both behind the lines and in battle.The core of the book covers the week of July 5 12 The detail of the cut and thrust between the armies told mostly at the division and army level is solid, and Showalter goes to great lengths to dissect the thoughts and plans of the opposing generals not just what they did, but why Where the book suffers a bit is in clarifying the context of what was admittedly a messy meatgrinder of a battle Here Showalter is let down by the quality of the maps, which are quite poor Maps are inconsistent at what units they show sometimes omitting one sides units entirely and are less than minimal at showing context, terrain, infrastructure, and fortification While Showalter does great work to explain the difficulty and heroic effort in an advance or defense, the cartography is useless at putting this into a geographic context That aside, the book is a great read articulate, cogent, and entertaining

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