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Demolishing the Myth


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Valeriy Zamulin is a former Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Prokhorovka Battlefield Park Museum, 1996-2009. In addition to the present book, he has written over 60 articles and two other books on the subject of the Battle of Kursk published in Russia. Recently earning a PhD in History, he is currently conducting research for a detailed study of the savage back-and-forth fighting for Ponyri on the northern shoulder of the Kursk bulge, which some have referenced as 'The Stalingrad of Kursk'. He grew up walking the battlefield, and is still active in recovering artifacts from the battlefield on behalf of the Museum, including the recent recovery of the remains of a T-34 tank which became stuck in a swamp during the battle and was later swallowed up by it. He lives in Prokhorovka. / Stuart Britton is a freelance translator and editor residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has been responsible for making a growing number of Russian titles available to readers of the English language, consisting primarily of memoirs by Red Army veterans and recent historical research concerning the Eastern Front of the Second World War and Soviet air operations in the Korean War. Notable recent titles include Boris Gorbachevsky's Through the Maelstrom: A Red Army Soldier's War on the Eastern Front 1942-45 (University Press of Kansas, 2008) and Yuri Sutiagin's and Igor Seidov's MiG Menace Over Korea: The Story of Soviet Fighter Ace Nikolai Sutiagin (Pen & Sword Aviation, 2009). Future books will include Lev Lopukhovsky's detailed study of the Soviet disaster at Viazma in 1941, Svetlana Gerasimova's analysis of the prolonged and savage fighting against Army Group Center in 1942-43 to liberate the city of Rzhev, and more of Igor Seidov's studies of the Soviet side of the air war in Korea, 1951-1953.


Valeriy Zamulin has painstakingly researched and investigated a wealth of primary sources to produce perhaps the most accurate look yet at why and how the German offensive failed to meet its objectives. In particular, Zamulin has examined and, in tremendous detail, presented the crucial events occurring between July 4th and the 17th on the southern facing of the Kursk Bulge. * *
Zamulin's fresh new book on Kursk represents the best of recent Russian scholarship on the war and is as close to definitive as possible. * David M. Glantz *
Zamulin's painstaking analysis definitively establishes the Soviet counterattack at Prokhorovka as the decisive event in the Battle of Kursk, and a turning point in the development of the Red Army. Comprehensive scholarship and convincing reasoning, enhanced by an excellent translation, place this work on a level with the best of David Glantz. * Dennis Showalter, Colorado College *
One of the finest examples of World War II operational history published since the Soviet Union's collapse. * World War II Magazine *
I cannot recommend this book too highly ... Scrupulously researched and supplemented by a number of excellent maps and photographs, this work will intrigue and inform serious students of the Eastern Front for years to come. * Richard W. Harrison *
It is very difficult to do justice to the level of detail provided in this study... in summary, Zamulin has managed to lift the lid on many of the weaknesses of the Red Army during the Battle of Kursk ... While the casual reader may find the length of the narrative rather daunting, the specialist interested in the history of armored warfare and the Great Patriotic War will delight in it. Yet the significance of this work goes further; it provides a genuine, brave, and honest corrective to the Soviet historiography on the Red Army's efforts at the Battle of Kursk. The publisher, Helion, is to be congratulated for making it available to an English-speaking audience, not least of all given the excellent maps and photographic material which are included. * Alaric Searle, Centre for European Security, University of Salford, reviewing for Global War Studies *
Overall, this is a refreshing and accessible reinterpretation of this classic confrontation, supported by an excellent map section and well-chosen contemporary photos, and must be the closest so far to a definitive account of Prokhorovka. * Military Modelcraft International *

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