Armor and Blood



One of America s most distinguished military historians offers the definitive account of the greatest tank battle of World War II an epic clash of machines and men that matched the indomitable will of the Soviet Red Army against the awesome might of the Nazi Wehrmacht While the Battle of Kursk has long captivated World War II aficionados, it has been unjustly overlooked by historians Drawing on the masses of new information made available by the opening of the Russian military archives, Dennis Showalter at last corrects that error This battle was the critical turning point on World War II s Eastern Front In the aftermath of the Red Army s brutal repulse of the Germans at Stalingrad, the stakes could not have been higher More than three million men and eight thousand tanks met in the heart of the Soviet Union, some four hundred miles south of Moscow, in an encounter that both sides knew would reshape the war The adversaries were at the peak of their respective powers On both sides, the generals and the dictators they served were in agreement on where, why, and how to fight The result was a furious death grapple between two of history s most formidable fighting forces a battle that might possibly have been the greatest of all time In Armor and Blood, Showalter re creates every aspect of this dramatic struggle He offers expert perspective on strategy and tactics at the highest levels, from the halls of power in Moscow and Berlin to the battlefield command posts on both sides But it is the author s exploration of the human dimension of ard combat that truly distinguishes this book In the classic tradition of John Keegan s The Face of Battle, Showalter s narrative crackles with insight into the unique dynamics of tank warfare its effect on men s minds as well as their bodies Scrupulously researched, exhaustively documented, and vividly illustrated, this book is a chilling testament to man s ability to build and to destroy When the dust settled, the field at Kursk was nothing than a wasteland of steel carcasses, dead soldiers, and smoking debris The Soviet victory ended German hopes of restoring their position on the Eastern Front, and put the Red Army on the road to Berlin Armor and Blood presents readers with what will likely be the authoritative study of Kursk for decades to come.Advance praise for Armor and Blood The size and the brutality of the vast tank battle at Kursk appalls, this struggle that gives an especially dark meaning to that shopworn phrase last full measure Prepare yourself for a wild and feverish ride over the steppes of Russia You can have no better guide than Dennis E Showalter, who speaks with an authority equaled by few military historians Robert Cowley, founding editor of MHQ The Quarterly Journal of Military History A fresh, skillful, and complete synthesis of recent revelations about this famous battle As a myth buster, Armor and Blood is a must read for those interested in general and military history David M Glantz, editor of The Journal of Slavic Military Studies Refreshingly crisp, pointed prose Throughout, Showalter demonstrates his adeptness at interweaving discussions of big picture strategy with interesting revelations and anecdotes Showalter does his best work by keeping his sights set firmly on the battle at hand, while also parsing the conflict for developments that would have far reaching consequences for the war Publishers Weekly New Read Armor and Blood author Dennis E. Showalter For Kindle ePUB or eBook – e17streets4all.co.ukArmor and Blood

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Armor and Blood
  • Dennis E. Showalter
  • English
  • 03 August 2018
  • 1400066778

10 thoughts on “Armor and Blood

  1. says:

    Could have been quite good, but a lack of reference maps severely restricts the enjoyment He talks about Russian sites as if everyone knows them The book goes into impressive detail on units and capabilities, but there is always a balan...

  2. says:

    using the current state of the art research after the opening of Soviet archives and showing clearly why Kursk was the final turning point of the war in the East Moscow showed that USSR would not be beaten in a blitzkrieg, Stalingrad stop...

  3. says:

    A detailed look at the series of battles played out on the Eastern Front in July of 1943 between Germany and the Soviet Union The author does a fine job explaining how both sides fought the battles, and how politics influenced some of the decisions made He also points out that the landings in the Mediterranean resulted in a naval pincer Britain U.S and a land pincer USSR against Germany at this crucial time The well known battle of Provkhorovka is not as extensively covered as in some bo A detailed look at the series of battles played out on the Eastern Front in July of 1943 between Germany and the Soviet Union The author does a fine job explaining how both sides fought the battles, and how politics influenced some of the decisions made He also points out that the landings in the Mediterranean resulted in a naval pincer Britai...

  4. says:

    Both sides of the battle are given equal attention and the story relates clearly how they affect eachother mutually The writing is clear, sometimes even playful, with the confidence of a man who has read up on his subject in French and GermanThe German plan to eliminate the salient seems straightforward, but was in reality a pre emptive strike Unfortunately, it desintegrated into a series of miniature salients that were never secure Showalter wisely employs the metaphor of fingers that don Both sides of the battle are given equal attention and the story relates clearly how they affect eachother mutually The writing is clear, sometimes even playful, with the confidence of a man who has read up on his subject in French and GermanThe German plan to eliminate the salient seems straightforward, but was in reality a pre emptive strike Unfortunately, it desintegrated into a series of miniature salients that were never secure Showalter wisely employs the metaphor of fingers that don t close into a fist.The Soviet plan seems a logic response, but was ori...

  5. says:

    A very solid, engaging, and informative history of the battle of Kursk Showalter s best work is in the beginning and the end of the book He does great work in putting the battle into context, both before and after, and paints a strong picture of Kursk as the turning point in the East The story is told at the Corps, Army, and Division levels, but Showalter does not neglect the experience of the individual soldiers, both behind the lines and in battle.The core of the book covers the week of Jul A very solid, engaging, and informative history of the battle of Kursk Showalter s best work is in the beginning and the end of the book He does great work in putting the battle into context, both before and after, and paints a strong picture of Kursk as the turning point in the East The story is told at the Corps, Army, and Division levels, but Showalter does not neglect the experience of the individual soldiers, both behind the lines...

  6. says:

    I picked this up on audible and I thought it might be a nice fill in for a pivotal battle for the eastern front in WW II So I was surprised to find out that not only is the author a respected military historian but his outlook on the Germans in WW II was not one I had come across The author Dennis Showalter takes aof...

  7. says:

    My first military historical book Rather difficult at times but still very interesting Understanding the sizes of army units is incredibly important, something for which I lacked enough knowledge Either way it was good Before I read my next selection I will certainly study unit sizes etc I thouroughly enjoyed the parts describing the head butting of the Commanders and the Fuhrer, Central command etc Manstein, Model, Hoth, Vatutin, Rotmistrov etc are a fascinating figures I believe the nex My first military historical book Rather difficult at times but still very interesting Understanding the sizes of army units is incredibly important, something for which I lacked enough knowledge Either way it was good Before I read my next selection I will certainly study unit ...

  8. says:

    Very good book Well written in a style that is surprisingly easy to read for a serious, detailed military history The only failing is a lack of detailed maps The majority of place names and terrain features referenced in the text are not i...

  9. says:

    An incise, well detailed telling of the Battle of Kursk, the turning point of WWII.with a lot of new info from soviet sources

  10. says:

    This book is badly written Not intrusively badly written, buta realization as you go along, constantly having to go back, wondering where exactly in the timeline the event being described fits and so on, that this is written under the influence of something, perhaps an extra strong cough medicine.A much larger sin for a historian, the author fails to question and contextualize the official narratives, particularly or rather exclusively when discussing the Nazis At this point I think it This book is badly written Not intrusively badly written, buta realization as you go along, constantly having to go back, wondering where exactly in the timeline the event being described fits and so on, that this is written under the influence of something, perhaps an extra strong cough medicine.A much larger sin for a historian, the author fails to question and contextualize the official narratives, particularly or rather exclusively when discussing the Nazis At this point I think it s unforgivable for a writer discussing a WW2 battle to fail to acknowledge that the Nazis undercounted thei...

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