Operation "Citadel", A Text and Photo Album, Volume 1: The South (Vol 1)

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The first volume of the long awaited 2 volume photo study of the Battle of Kursk which promises something for everyone, whether serious historian, WW II enthusiast or hobbyist. This first volume covers the Southern sector of the attack culminating in the tank battle at Prokhorovka. The SS Panzer Korps, with the 1., 2. and 3.SS Panzer-Grenadier-Divisions, the Grossdeutchland Pazergrenadier Division and the 503 Heavy Tank Battalion all fought in this sector. The book includes hundreds of photos, most previously unpublished or miscaptioned in the past by less careful authors, which tell the story of this crucial German gamble in the summer of 1943. The color profiles included are to the Author's usual very high standards and the included maps succinctly describe the unit positions of both sides during various phases of the onslaught. Not just a photo album, the book includes a discussion of the operational concepts that led to the fighting, force comparisons and a! description of the objectives of the opposing forces. A detailed day-by-day description of the actions of all German units involved in the attack in this sector is also included. Finally, the authors lay to rest several misconceptions and legends surrounding this epic battle and provide irrefutable evidence that German losses were not nearly so great as Soviet and other sources have long claimed. Includes 702 photos, 48 pages of color vehicle, equipment and aircraft illustrations, 4 color maps and 3 pages of color tactical insignia.

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Verlag: Fedorowicz (J.J.), Canada (2003)
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Buchbeschreibung Fedorowicz (J.J.), Canada, 2003. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. VG+ 1st edition 2003 very large, very heavy Fedorowicz hardback without DJ as issued, many photos, high quality production. Corners a little bumped with spine-end shelf-rubbing else near fine bright and unmarked. Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Military & Warfare; ISBN/EAN: 9780921991700. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 057876. Artikel-Nr. 057876

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Buchbeschreibung Fedorowicz (J.J.),Canada, 2003. Hardcover. Buchzustand: gut. 2003. Das Buch zur Operation Zitadelle! "Citadel" was the code name designated for the German offensive at Kursk-Orel in July, 1943. This large "photo album" is actually the first of three publications. It will be followed by a similar book dealing with the battles in the northern sector and a text history of the battles. This review will consider Operation "Citadel" as a reference for modelers. Numerous black and white photographs, complemented by the color artwork, illustrate various armored vehicles in service with soldiers of the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 11th Panzer Divisions; Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland, Panzer Brigade 10; Stug Battallions 911,228,905 and 1st, 2nd and 3rd SS Panzergrenadier Divisions. A few photographs and four pages of color illustrations are devoted to Soviet equipment, often shown destroyed or abandoned. A section is devoted to the T34s rebuilt and employed by Das Reich and photographs illustrate T34s in service with 6th Panzer Division. German armor modelers will find ample inspiration for dozens of modeling projects. The coded division insignia are shown on three color pages. Camouflage and markings information is mostly clear and well presented. Those with an aversion to zimmerit will enjoy this period as the authors state "impossible for a tank with a coating of Zimmerit anti-magnetic paste to appear in the battle of Kursk." A number of "new" photographs do appear. More familiar photos are more accurately captioned; for the most part. Whenever possible the authors provide unit,date and location. Presentation of the photographs range from double page spreads to five or six per page, with most two per page. A few of the photographs have been printed in better resolution elsewhere, but overall the printing is well done. As indicated by the title, this publication takes the "German" point of view regarding the Kursk campaign. The authors usually do not completely identify the vehicle by type. Generally Panzer IIIs and Panzer IVs,etc. are not further described. Readers will have to determine if they are looking at a Pz. III Ausf.J, L or M; likewise with Pz IV Ausf. G or H. Most Mark IVs shown in the photographs are Ausf. G, or at least G standard,while few photos clearly depict Mk IV Ausf H. Several color illustrations describe Mark IV as Ausf. H, although corresponding black and white photos do not support the statement. A few photos show a white or light colored recognition square, described as a unit device; there is no discussion as to whether this system may have been more widespread or not. Color illustrations include a Sdkfz. 250 Neu and a Sdkfz. 251 Ausf. D. While some of these appeared later in "Kursk" markings, their presence in July, 1943 may be questionable. (Production of Sdkfz. 251 Ausf. D did not begin until September and the Sdkfz. 250 in October) No index is provided, which is a pity as a work of this size, would welcome its inclusion. The cost of this book will be a deterrent to many potential buyers. Overall, this publication should be very usefull to German armor modellers. Hardcover, Großformat, 460 Seiten, über 700 Bilder teils auf Seiten, 48 Farbseiten - In englischer Sprache. 460 pages. 31 x 23,6 x 2,8 cm. Artikel-Nr. BN22529

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