Battle of Kursk
Tigers at Kursk
Tiger Tanks of the 503rd Tank Battalion in Action During the Battle of Kursk.
DateJuly 4, 1943 – July 20, 1943

Axis Victory

  • Treaty of Minsk
Allied Powers:
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) Soviet Russia
Flag of the German Empire Greater German Reich

Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) Georgy Zhukov
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) Ivan Konyev
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) Konstantin Rokossovskiy

Flag of the German Empire Erich von Manstein
Flag of the German Empire Günther von Kluge
Flag of the German Empire Hermann Hoth
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) 1,300,000 infantry, 20,000 guns, 2,792 aircraft and 3,600 tanks

Flag of the German Empire 900,000 infantry, 3,000 tanks and 2,110 aircraft
Casualties and losses
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) 3,617 killed

Flag of the German Empire 3,900 killed


In the winter of 1942–1943 the Red Army conclusively won the Battle of Stalingrad. One complete German army had been destroyed, along with about 800,000 German and Axis troops, seriously depleting Axis strength in the east.

In February and March 1943, German Field Marshal Erich von Manstein had completed an offensive during the Third Battle of Kharkov, leaving the front line running roughly from Leningrad in the north to Rostov in the south. In the middle lay a large 200km (120mi) wide and 150km (90mi) deep Soviet-held salient (bulge) in the lines between German forward positions near Orel in the north, and Von Manstein's recently captured Kharkov in the south.

Hitler, now desperate to end the war in the east before Allied military power could threaten German–occupied Europe from the west and south, planned to eliminate the large salient formed around Kursk and destroy the large Soviet forces deployed to defend it. The Oberkommando der Wehrmacht hoped to regain the initiative on the Eastern Front.

With Hitler's assassination, and the assention of Rommel as the Chancellor of Germany, there was a big change in plans.

Opposing Forces



Final Moves

With the news that the attack on Kursk had been cancelled, Stalin gambled. Against Zhukov's wishes, Stalin threw his forces at the German troops.

The Conflict

Operation Kutuzov

Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev


Stalin's Onslaught had failed.

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