Accession Number : ADA184964

Title :   Kursk: A Study in Operational Art,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Pierce, Kerry K

PDF Url : ADA184964

Report Date : 20 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : This monograph examines the practice of operational art from the perspective of the Kursk Campaign of July-October, 1943. The study begins by presenting the German and Russian campaign plans as examples of two different methods of achieving a desired end state. Each plan's vision of the future was heavily influenced by the nature of the strategic situation and the personalities of the two principal artists: Adolph Hitler and Marshal Georgii Zhukov. These two leaders had vastly different understandings of strategic possibilities, time-space dimensions of the battlefield, and the means required to achieve their desired end states. The success of Zhukov's campaign plan was directly related to his linkage of appropriate means and methods toward a desired end state, while Hitler's failure represented a failure to do likewise. The monograph also uses Kursk to examine several theoretical concepts of war. These include the relative strength of offense and defense, culminating points, the art of combinations, use of reserves, and the center of gravity.

Descriptors :   *CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, HISTORY, MILITARY TACTICS, MILITARY STRATEGY, MOBILIZATION, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, INFANTRY, BATTLEFIELDS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), USSR, GERMANY(EAST AND WEST)

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE