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on 14 January 2017
I am planning a to wargame the 1942 Eastern Front as one of my 2017 projects and bought this book as a quick introduction to the pivotal battle of the year. Hence, I am not writing this review with much expert knowledge on the topic. The author clearly knows his stuff, as he should being a lecturer at the royal Military College Sandhurst, and from what I can tell has taken account of some of the more recent revisionist accounts of the battle. Why only OK? With 413 pages of text I was very surprised to find just over 240 of them devoted to Zitadelle. The first circa 170 pages were devoted to the origins of WW2, the rise of Stalin and Hitler and the early Eastern Front campaigns. Yes it made for interesting reading, but was way too much of an introduction to the main topic. Another observation, already made by another reviewer is that the maps are mainly in the wrong places. In my edition the opening chapter on "Zitadelle Preliminaries, February - July 1943" starts on page 173. The most appropriate map to explain this "The Eve of Battle" is back on page 36. So, a few negatives. However when the author gets going on Kursk I found the text quite riveting. In particular the personal, first hand accounts of the fighting really added to what could have been otherwise quite a slog through dry text. In hindsight The Daily Telegraph review on the back cover sums the book up quite well. "Few stories are better told than this". This is the story of Kursk, not a deep academic tome.
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on 24 November 2012
This is the first book by Lloyd Clark I have read, and I must say I am very impressed. The book is well written and cleverly thought out. It combines a narrative of the battle intertwined with excerpts of diaries, letters and interviews from soldiers of both sides. The end result is a highly readable account of one of the most important battles of the Second World War.

The author provides quite a bit of information around the battle, beginning with a look at the rise of both Hitler and Stalin, as a way of introducing the reader to the mindset of both leaders and their armies in the run up to, and during the course of, the Battle of Kursk. Although it is well written, some readers may find this part of the book unnecessary, particularly if they have knowledge of the run up to and launch of Barbarossa. Overall though its inclusion does not detract from the overall work.

If there is one thing I would mark this book down for is the lack of editing, but this is just me being fussy I suspect. Overall, I would recommend this as very worthwhile read and look forward to reading more works by this author.
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on 23 September 2016
I have read many accounts of Kursk, but none as compelling as this. I did not want to put the book down, it was so gripping. The traumas and horrors that both sides endured were almost beyond enduring, and the intensity and savagery of the fighting terrifying even to read. A must read for any student of war history. Brilliant!
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on 10 February 2018
The author insists on covering material readily available (and better) in other works. Why he wishes to include personal accounts - though interesting - from Barbarossa is unclear - but he does and thus leaves less room for the topic in hand. I found this irritating. As for Kursk it does not disappoint
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on 11 February 2014
A brilliant informative book. I liked it as it gave really good factual information on this massive battle. Some very interesting points about pre conception of the commanders involved and the thought proccesses from each side. I think this was the first battle where the Russians really thought about the aims and objectives and planned accordingly. Clearly a turning point in history. there are many books on this subject nd although this one is a read, put down and think and then carry on reading type of book from my perspective it delivered the true picture of the Kursk salient.
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on 12 May 2017
A good general summary of the rise to power of Hitler and Stalin and the early part of the war in Russia followed by a very thorough account of the battle of Kursk and it's aftermath. Very readable and informative book. Excellent
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on 26 February 2016
not one of the best book, a lot of stories and anecdotes but it lacks some military depth when it comes to order of battles, maps and strategic importance of some objectives, for sure the author has all of those clear in his mind but fails to share them with the reader
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on 9 August 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well researched, well crafted and very interesting. The maps were very good but don't be fooled into thinking that the map at the start of each chapter actually relates to that chapter. You have to read the correct map to get the gist of the action. Fabulous book, glad it is 7n my collection.
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on 1 March 2015
A superb piece of work. It covers both sides of the conflict and importantly gives the serious historian a chance to investigate other areas of the conflict through it's extensive bibliography. It's coverage of personal history is exemplary and draws in even the most casual WW2 historian. This is without doubt the best work on a single battle I have read.
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on 5 August 2012
The book is very well written and Lloyd Clark has, with the numerous quotes from the protagonists, brought the whole landscape to life. But, and its a very big 'but', the maps were absolutely terrible. Passages describe towns on the battlefield and so turning to a map to seach for the name reveals...nothing. It was hard to get a sense of individual parts of the immense battlefield. To get the most out of this book you will need a separate atlas and that is not a good recommendation. So 4½ stars for the book and nil for the maps. Shame that a potentially great book was let down by such poor maps!
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