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1943 Battle of Kursk
http://ww2-pictures.com/Battle-of-Kursk-Photos/das-reich-tiger-kursk.jpg
Beginning:

August 12, 1943

End:

September 24, 1943

Place:

Central Russia, town of Kursk

Outcome:

A decisive German offensive victory, use of localised nerve gas turns tide of the War

Major battles:

Yekaterinburg
Magnitogorsk
Aktobe
Ufa
Kazan
Orenburg

Combatants

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Germany
Flag of Romania România
Flag of Hungary (1920–1946) Hungary
Franceaxisworld Vichy France
Default Faschist Greece
Flag of Nazi Norway Norwegen Quizlings
State Flag of Iran (1964-1980) Persian volenteers
AvAr Islamic republic of Bashkortostan flag Bashkir Islamists
Flag of Chechen Republic before 2004 Chechen volenteers.

Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) USSR

Flag of Kuban People's Republic Communist Kuban Cossacks
Flag of Poland Free Poland
Flag of the People's Republic of Mongolia (1940-1992) Mongolia
Flag of Bashkortostan 1992 Bashkir communist militias
local Tarta malitias.

Commanders

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Marshal Eric Von-Manstine
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Hermann Hoth
Flag of Romania General Anton României.

Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) General Georgi Zhukov
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) General Yuri Konsantinov

Strength

≈1,910,361 men

≈780,900 men

Casualties and Losses

≈18,500

≈1,000,000

Indeed, the Battle of Kursk proved to be the greatest battle in human history, eclipsing the battles of Canae and Gettysburg. The Soviet war machine had been preparing for a major confrontation with the German invaders.

Causes of the Conflict

As it became clear that the Battle of Stalingrad was not going to be a victory for the Reich, Hitler issued the production of localised nerve gas in order to prevent the Soviets from pushing the invasion back. Used extensively and unfavourably in World War I, the Führer looked down upon it until he felt he had no choice but use this weapon of mass destruction. So, in December 1942, full producing started, under the watchful eye of the SS.

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