The Battle of Kursk - The History and Legacy of the Biggest Tank Battle of World War II-logo

The Battle of Kursk - The History and Legacy of the Biggest Tank Battle of World War II

Charles River Editors

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Genres:

History

Description:

The vast expanses of southern Russia and the Ukraine provided the Eastern Front arena where the armies of Third Reich dictator Adolf Hitler and Soviet dictator Josef Stalin wrestled lethally for supremacy in 1943. Endless rolling plains – ideal “tank country” – vast forests, sprawling cities, and enormous tracts of agricultural land formed the environment over which millions of men and thousands of the era's most formidable military vehicles fought for their respective overlords and ideologies. The winner could expect to reap very high stakes indeed. If Hitler's Wehrmacht smashed the Red Army, he could no longer hope for a lightning conquest, but the Fuhrer could expect the Soviet strongman to sue for peace on terms advantageous to Germany. If, conversely, the Red Army triumphed, Stalin could continue rallying the Soviet Union and move closer to expelling the loathed “Nemets” invaders from Russian soil – and perhaps carve out a Soviet empire in Central Europe. Asserting that changes in the military leadership style of the two contending dictators explains the outcome of Kursk oversimplifies the actual situation. Logistics, the emergence of a body of experienced junior officers in the Red Army, American Lend-Lease shipments, German production problems, and other issues all contributed to the observed result. However, the overarching factor tying everything together remained the changing approach of each leader to their army. At the start of the war, Hitler gave his commanders considerable initiative while Stalin fatally micromanaged his, and the Germans ripped vast hordes of Soviets to shreds with comparative ease. In late 1942 and moving into 1943, Hitler commenced micromanaging the Wehrmacht, and Stalin adopted a more “hands-off” approach permitting his commanders considerable initiative: “At the heart of the Red Army's lopsided tank losses was an amateurish and self-destructive style of decision imposed by Stalin […] In November 1942 there was a subtle shift in the Red Army, as months of military disasters f

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Zarbock

Length:

1h 40m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:55

Introduction
Introduction

04:30


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

00:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:50