This volume offers detailed information about the Red Army's preparation for and conduct of the Battle of Kursk, the nature of the war on the German Eastern Front, and on the range of horrors that have characterized warfare in the 20th century.
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Stone & Stone: Second World War Book Book Review- " provides a deeply detailed analysis of the Battle of Kursk...the book is clearly devoted to investigating a variety of technical topics which would be of most interest to the generals responsible for planning and fighting similar battles."
The Journal of Military History, Vol 64, No 2, April 2000
"This contemporary wartime Soviet General Staff study supplies a wealth of detail which gives it immediate, present-day relevance ... In the vast and varies historiography of the battle of Kursk this Soviet General Staff survey occupies a unique place, much of its material either surprisingly fresh or directly pertinent to clarifying aspects and incidents long obscured."
"Those interested in a staff appreciation of the Soviet side of the battle of Kursk will find both strategic and tactical grist here."
" a reader can profit from examining this study as a good example of a thorough report and a staff producing optimal work even while operating under the stress of war".
A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, Defense Language Institute, Institute for Russian and Eastern European Studies, and US Army War College, before retiring from the U.S. Army in December 1993, Colonel David M. Glantz served for over 30 years in various field artillery, intelligence, teaching, and research assignments in Europe and Vietnam, taught at the United States Military Academy, the Combat Studies Institute, and Army War College, founded and directed the U.S. Army's Foreign (Soviet) Military Studies Office, and established and currently edits The Journal of Slavic Military Studies. A member of the Russian Federation's Academy of Natural Sciences, he has written or co-authored more than 60 books and self-published studies and atlases, as well as hundreds of articles on Soviet military strategy, intelligence, and deception and the history of the Red (Soviet) Army, Soviet (Russian) military history, and World War II. In recognition of his work, he has received numerous awards including the Society of Military History's prestigious Samuel Eliot Morrison Prize for his contributions to the study of military history.