The Russian Front 1941-1945 (1998): S01E03 – From Stalingrad to Kursk


Introduction

War Documentary hosted by Michael Leighton, published by Discovery Channel in 1998.

Outline

On 12 July 1943, one of the greatest clashes of armour in military history takes place as the German offensive against the Russian fortification at Kursk, a Russian railway and industrial centre, is stopped in a devastating battle, marking the turning point in the Eastern front in the Russians’ favour. Between the two assailants, 6,000 tanks were deployed. On 12 July, 900 Russian tanks clashed with 900 German at Prokhorovka – the Battle of Kursk’s most serious engagement. When it was all over, 300 German tanks, and even more Russian ones, were strewn over the battlefield. But the Russians had stopped the German advance dead in its tracks. The advantage had passed to the East. The Germans’ stay in Soviet territory was coming to an end. This episode covers the dramatic events from the horrors of Stalingrad to the momentous events at the Battle of Kursk, Hitler’s last chance to seize the initiative in the East.

The Russian Front 1941-1945 Series

You can find a full index and overview of The Russian Front 1941-1945 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 1998.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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