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The Battle of Kursk 1943: The View Through the Camera Lens Hardcover – 15 Apr 2015

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  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Helion & Company (15 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909982857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909982857
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 4.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr Zamulin has given us something we can really get to grips with. He makes Kursk more real, more personal and incredibly vivid. I love this book. It is inspirational and perhaps one day I will put the knowledge I have gained from it to good use. Save yourselves time and don't wait for Christmas lists. I guarantee, you will not be disappointed. --War History Online

About the Author

Stuart Britton is a freelance translator and editor residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has been responsible for making a growing number of Russian titles available to readers of the English language, consisting primarily of memoirs by Red Army veterans and recent historical research concerning the Eastern Front of the Second World War and Soviet air operations in the Korean War. Notable recent titles include Boris Gorbachevsky's Through the Maelstrom: A Red Army Soldier's War on the Eastern Front 1942-45 (University Press of Kansas, 2008) and Yuri Sutiagin's and Igor Seidov's MiG Menace Over Korea: The Story of Soviet Fighter Ace Nikolai Sutiagin (Pen & Sword Aviation, 2009). Future books will include Lev Lopukhovsky's detailed study of the Soviet disaster at Viazma in 1941, Svetlana Gerasimova's analysis of the prolonged and savage fighting against Army Group Center in 1942-43 to liberate the city of Rzhev, and more of Igor Seidov's studies of the Soviet side of the air war in Korea, 1951-1953.


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I came across this book on Saturday at a history conference in Shrewsbury.

Having taught the Second World War at A-level and then to graduate and post graduate level, and re enacted and wargamed the period too, I am very aware of the very active and highly sought after 'big waffen ss tank book' direction that many books take on the subject. Many publishers seem unwilling to publish books based on the context of the Soviet/Russian sources and point of view.

This book, however does take on this challenge. Edited by the author of 'DEMOLISHING THE MYTH. THE TANK BATTLE AT PROKHOROVKA, KURSK, JULY 1943', the book reproduces many hundreds of photographs from Soviet sources, a great deal of which have been previously unseen in Western Europe. The book also reproduces German photographs that were taken and captured soon after the end of the battle or even during it, and like the authors previous book covers some of the Germans lesser known actions.

Yes of course, may of the photographs are taken by combat photographers, but so were most of the German photographs that we see endlessly recycled in 'tiger tank dot to dot' and how many other books on the Teutonic aspect of the war. This does not detract as they are all within the front line area of operations and do not detract from the book or its subject.

Amazingly well produced into a very elegant book, this is the perfect contextual companion to Zamulin's book on Prokhorovka, and whilst the pictures are as energising as the myriad of titles based on the German perspective, it is very good to see something very different. I consider this to be a positive and thoughtful addition to the collection of any serious historian or enthusiast of the Second World War in the east.
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The definition of the battle of Kursk is much wider than I expected, ranging from February through August 1943, although I can understand the rationale which produced this. Whilst there are numerous photos, the proportion of individual portraits is higher than I like, but there are a number of excellent action/field shots for me to study and savour. The text is concise, but informative.
It is a worthwhile addition to my library.
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This is an outstanding collection of photographs and should be of interest to anybody interested in the Russian-German conflict in general. I have seen some before in other publications but the vast majority are new to me. I particularly liked the photo of the small dog carts used to evacuate Russian wounded on page 334. The emphasis of the book is upon the Red Army and while many of these shots may well be posed, most give a very good impression of summer 1943 Soviet forces. Indeed Zamulin does point out some Soviet propaganda techniques in the book (see for example p.190). This is littered with 'interesting' photos: one the crewman of a 45mm AT Gun wearing 'jigsaw' pattern cammoflage clothing (p.213); the use of a captured Marder by Soviet troops (p220). One of the best juxtapositions is on p.318 which shows a column of dusty Red Army troops on the march and a clear propaganda shot of a Soviet officer distributing cigarettes to captured German troops. The photo on p.192, again clearly posed, clearly shows the way Red Army troops would construct a trench to render the maximum of concealment from attackers. On the German side there are some very good photos which were captured by the Soviets. Again I have not seen these before
Zamulin's earlier book 'Demolishing the Myth' was very critical of the Soviet Army's performance at Kursk. This book was littered with mainly portrait shots of Soviet participants. This volume has some excellent portaits of the participants but emphasises the participants in the field. It also comes as a welcome counter to the myriad of published photo collections which focus upon the German side of the war.
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