The greatest tank battle ever fought began around the Russian town of Kursk on July 5, 1943. Lloyd Clark—also the author of Anzio: The Friction of War and Arnhem: The Greatest Airborne Battle in History—here chronicles the almost unimaginable scale of this epic confrontation between German and Soviet forces, characterized by hideous excess and outrageous atrocities. It was a turning point on the Eastern Front, and signaled the permanent loss of the German initiative; as Winston Churchill noted, for Russia, "Stalingrad was the end of the beginning, but the Battle of Kursk was the beginning of the end."
"The outstanding military book of 2011.... Many military people have talked about mankind's largest tank battle without having had the opportunity to study it in the depth it deserves. Clark's masterful study not only rectifies this deficiency but also places the battle in its wider context of the whole campaign on the Eastern Front. Moreover the book is highly enjoyable."—Lord Dannatt