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When Humans fought Steel while Steel clashed Steel

Defense-Update is launching the new series of military history studies with a six-part feature on one of the largest tank battles in history: the battle of Kursk, 1943 written by David Eshel. The first part is open for all readers, the other five are provided as abstracts with full text and images available to subscribers. Monthly subscriptions are available at $7.95

Creating Fortress Kursk

German forces occupied an extensive salient in the northern portions of the uplands around the city of Orel, while the Soviet Kursk Bulge dominated...

The German Plan: Simple but Unrealistic to Succeed

Broadly speaking, the German plan for Citadel was relatively simple indeed: The Kursk "Bulge" created the ideal conditions to "pinch" the entire Russian frontline,...

The northern salient- Walter Model’s Army sector

Commanding the 9th Army  was General Walter Model a hard-driving, aggressive panzer commander. Born January 24, 1891, as the son of a music teacher in...

Back to the southern salient

During the night of 4–5 July SS combat engineers had infiltrated no-man's land and cleared lanes through the Soviet minefields. At dawn the three divisions of...

Prelude” to Prokhorovka

While General Hausser's SS divisions prepared for battle, there was feverish activity in the Soviet camp as well. On July 11, the elite Fifth Guards...

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