Accession Number : ADA299270

Title :   Analysis and Significance of the Battle of Kursk in July 1943.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Ramos, Enrique

PDF Url : ADA299270

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 135

Abstract : This is a study on the results of Operation "Citadel," the Battle of Kursk. This was the greatest tank engagement of World War II. Unfortunately, there is a general lack of knowledge about this battle. Probably most Western historians believe that Stalingrad was the decisive battle on the Eastern Front. However, many authorities consider "Citadel" the decisive turning point. This study used Soviet, Anglo-American, and German primary and secondary sources. Sources include books, journals, articles, theses, and dissertations. The results are important because, with "Citadel" being the greatest tank battle of the war, it has many lessons that are still important to the conduct of today's Army operations. "Citadel" was the decisive battle on the Eastern Front in World War II because after this battle the initiative passed to the Soviets, who would never lose it again. However, it would be more appropriate to say that Germany was defeated by the combined effects of the Battles of Moscow in 1941, Stalingrad in 1942, and Kursk in 1943. The significance of "Citadel" was that it destroyed the remaining German offensive strength. "Citadel" depleted what was left of the German strategic reserves. After "Citadel" Germany was unable to mount further major offensives against the Soviet Union. As events would show, after this battle Germany could not even defend successfully.

Descriptors :   *USSR, *MILITARY HISTORY, *BATTLES, *TANK WARFARE, WARFARE, GLOBAL, LESSONS LEARNED, THESES, GERMANY, ARMY OPERATIONS, GERMANY(EAST AND WEST), HISTORIANS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
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Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE