Unseen Pictures Of The Biggest Tank Battle of WWII

 
 
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The Battle of Kursk was a World War II engagement between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front near Kursk in the Soviet Union during July and August 1943. The German offensive was code-named Operation Citadel and led to one of the largest armoured clashes in history, the Battle of Prokhorovka.

The German offensive was countered by two Soviet counter-offensives, Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev and Operation Kutuzov. For the Germans, the battle represented the final strategic offensive they were able to mount in the east. For the Soviets, the victory gave the Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war.

A number of German war photographers were present to record the epic struggle, which was meant to be Nazi Germany’s biggest victory over Soviet Russia.

It did not turn out that way, but here are their pictures:

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Panzer IV with Waffen SS Troops – Photo Credit
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A soldier of the SS Division “Das Reich” in the turret of a Panzer Mk VI “Tiger” – Photo Credit
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Tiger Tanks of the SS Division Das Reich awaiting the start of Operation Citadel, the attack on the Kursk Salient – Photo Credit 

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A Tiger tank of the SS division “Das Reich” in action – Photo Credit
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Kursk, Panzer Mk VI Tiger and soldiers of the Waffen-SS – Photo Credit
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Operation Citadel, soldiers of Waffen-SS division “Das Reich” in front of a Tiger tank. – Photo Credit
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Crew manning an artillery gun in support of operation Citadel – Photo Credit

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German Soldiers in front of a destroyed Russian Pz.Kpfw. KW-1A – Photo Credit
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Soviet Union – “Operation Citadel” – fighting in the area Belgorod-Orel – Waffen SS Division “Das Reich”, crew during a stop in front of their Panzer III – Photo Credit