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Kursk (World War II on the Eastern) Paperback – 1 Apr 2007

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  • 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)

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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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When i first opened the package i was disappointed - the publishers have obviously gone for a fairly cheap looking binding option. Never mind i thought, you can't judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately the thrifty look of the outside is replicated inside by the minimal use of photos (only one small photo per chapter) and maps (very few, making the various battles difficult to follow), and the fairly large text size -if the font was to be reduced to a normal size the book would probably only span 100 or so pages.

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.
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Got this after borrowing a previous book on partizans by the author which I enjoyed thoroughly. Yes, not the most academic study of the battle but I'm not sure that was the intention either. It's often a shame that the cover isn't judged by readers who then go onto presume every book on a historical event will offer some new ground breaking insight. Some people on here really love to play the critic I guess. Don't be put off as it's a good summary, the writing is enjoyable and narrative arc is nice and clear. There are some interesting photos I'd never seen before!
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A lavshly illustrated book of the greatest tank battle in history. Covers all aspects of the battle using around 300 photographs, the majority of which are sourced from Russian archives. Cornish does a great job being the expert he is on the Red Army in World War 2. Of particular interest, I found, were the first hand accounts from Russian and German soldiers that were actually there during the fierce fighting on the Eastern Front.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kursk - A Survey by Nik Cornish 28 Dec. 2005
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The Battle of Kursk was fought in central Russian in July 1943. It has been a popular event for study due to the size of the forces committed by both sides. Before Kursk, the German Wehrmacht had the ability, though restricted, to maintain the initiative on the Eastern Front. After Kursk, the Red Army was in the drivers seat until the end of World War II. Nic Cornish has authored a serviceable, well illustrated, survey work. For those readers who are new to the topic, this is a good introductory work. For those military historians who are familiar with David Glantz's and Steven Newton's books on the battle can safely bypass this work. The narrative is generally accurate, but the pictures are not entirely from the battle itself. There is one amusing caption regarding a Panzer IV with the short barrelled 75 mm main gun which was erroneously credited with "excellent penentration capabilies", but was actually quite poor agains Soviet T-34 and KV series tanks used in the actual battle. Bottom line is that is well produced survey work, but nothing new for the serious student of the Battle of Kursk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great reference for the largest tank battle in history 8 Aug. 2007
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I have a 2002 copy of the book which I brought with me to the Kursk battlefield site. I found it good for reference while on the tour as did other tour members. I liked the index and bibliography. It is not the most comprehensive book on the subject, but had many facts and photos I had not run across before. I found it very useful.
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