Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II

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Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II Book Cover Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II
Dennis E. Showalter
Military History
Random House
2013
Kindle
368

I'd read some favorable reviews of this book and ended up disappointed for the following reasons:

1). I've read a couple of books about Kursk, but don't consider myself an expert. Nonetheless this book is just another German-centric account of the battle and didn't add anything to my understanding of the battle.

2). I don't think the author is a very good historical writer; maybe it's just me, but I found the author's repeated use of pop-phrases such as "heavy-lifting" and "denial not being a river in Egypt" a bit off-putting.

3) no footnotes...

4) very weak maps, In Fact it is difficult to understand why the author went to the little trouble that he did to include the rather cartoony maps included in the text.

5) while not essential, the best histories weave in some quotes or accounts of participants in the battle--this book has virtually none of such accounts.

6) the author seems rather infatuated with the SS and generally portrays the Sovs as ill-disciplined dullards, so I didn't find the book particularly objective.

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