- Hardcover: 656 pages
- Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (15 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811738078
- ISBN-13: 978-0811738071
- Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 4.1 x 26.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
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The Battle of Prokhorovka: The Tank Battle at Kursk, the Largest Clash of Armor in History Hardcover – Abridged, 15 Jul 2019
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Christopher A. Lawrence is president of The Dupuy Institute, an organization dedicated to scholarly research and analysis of military history and current armed conflict. He is also author of Kursk (Aberdeen, 2015), America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam (Casemate, 2015), and War by Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat (Potomac Books, 2017). He lives near Washington, DC.
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In fact, the Largest Tank Battle was and remains the WWII Battle of Brody (or Dubno) which ,as part of the Nazi's Operation Barbarossa, took place in July 1941 in the Western Ukraine. One doesn't have to be a great mathematician to compare the numbers of the opposing sides' fighting vehicles and draw a conclusion.
Here we are: the Battle of Brody - 700+ tanks of Wehrmacht against 3400+ Red (Soviet) Army tanks
and the Battle of Prokhorovka - 200 tanks of Wehrmacht versa 600+ of the Red Army.
It was the propaganda machine of Soviet Russia that came up with the myth about their infamous Battle of Prokhorovka, and unchallenged Kremlin keeps feeding that fake to the gullible /ill informed public. Now, the term being used by Russians is quite understandable : history of Russia is built on myths, and in creating fakes Russians have surpassed Goebbels himself and remain unbeatable. However, history -oriented readers outside of Russia expect and look for the books reflecting the truth, and it is very unfortunate, that the author chose to title this work by a myth of Russian historiography.
The book is not for everyone, only for those who are seriously engaged in this topic, has the skills to work with sources and factual material. Maps are provided only real, German and Russian, requiring the ability to read them. If You are used to simplified pictures and comics for fluent reading, you will certainly have difficulties in reading maps and tables.
There are no jokes about "myths" and about "sensations", there is no admiration for any one side. Only a statement of facts, supported by a rich source base. The only thing, of course, the quality of printing illustrations are not happy. It is a pity that serious books are produced with less quality than propaganda crafts and comics.