- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Grange Books (April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840137991
- ISBN-13: 978-1840137996
- Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 1.8 x 31 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,692,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kursk (World War II on the Eastern) Paperback – 1 Apr 2007
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About the Author
Nik Cornish is a founder member of the Eastern Front Association. He visits Russia and the Ukraine on a regular basis as an historian and researcher, specialising in military aspects of both world wars on the Eastern Front. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The book starts off with an overview of the German armies on the Eastern Front, and the state of German tank design, which is nothing new but interesting all the same, but unfortunately fairly quickly becomes run of the mill stuff: Panzer divison A moved to the left of Panzer division B, where they encountered Russian Rifle Brigade C to the right of Rifle Brigade D, etc, hardly stirring stuff to most of us. The writing style did not maintain my interest in many places and rarely rises above dry & uninspiring. The Luftwaffe & Russian Air Force get a chapter, which is diverting, but there's not much detail to be honest and then we're back down on the ground reading about armies facing each other across the steppe again. I’m not saying that this kind of history can’t be fascinating, only that it isn’t here.
By far the most interesting sections are the descriptions of the battles themselves - artillery blazing, minefields being cleared by the Germans and resown just as quickly by the Russians, Tigers engaging T-34s in the distance, but there's not really enough here to elevate this book out of the ordinary. And without a decent set of photos there really isn’t that much to recommend it.