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5th Guards Tank Army at Kursk

11 July 1943. Visual Battle Guide

By (author) David Porter
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Amber Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 15th Jun 2011
Dimensions: w 189mm h 250mm d 24mm
Weight: 815g
ISBN-10: 1907446613
ISBN-13: 9781907446610
Barcode No: 9781907446610
Synopsis
On the 5th July 1943, the Wehrmacht launched Operation Citadel. Attacking with a force of 3,000 tanks and assault guns, the Germans faced a well dug-in force of more than 3,900 Soviet tanks, with another 1,500 tanks in reserve. The tanks advanced with as many as 50 vehicles packed together per kilometre of line. What followed was the largest tank battle the world has ever seen, with both sides suffering heavy casualties. On the 11th July, three SS divisions attempted to break through the Soviet lines. Facing them were the newly-deployed Soviet 5th Guards Tanks Army. It was the Germans'last chance for a potential breakthrough on the Eastern Front. The battle raged all day, with German attack followed by Soviet counterattack. By nightfall the Germans had lost more than 300 tanks and the 5th Guards Tanks Army 50 percent of their strength. Despite their heavy losses, the Soviet defenders had achieved their aim: the German attack had been halted and all hope of their regaining the initiative lost. 5th Guards Tank Army at Kursk has an eight-page gatefold depicting one of the brigades from the Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army in an innovative and fresh manner. This brigade is shown in battle deployment, with reconnaissance units, advance companies, the main body, the brigade command section, plus all the supporting engineers, signallers and artillery to provide a visual guide to exactly how many tanks and other armoured vehicles were advancing on the 11th July. The book itself is broken down by these sections, looking at each component part of the brigade in turn, their structure, equipment and what they did on 11th July.

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