The Battle of Kursk

People gathered to learn about a little known battle that may have been the turning point for World War II.

Author David M. Glantz came to the First Division Museum in Cantigny Park to discuss his book “The Battle of Kursk” as part of the date with history program.

Glantz was a co-author of the novel and argues that this World War II fight was one of the greatest battles in the war.

The Battle of Kursk was fought between the Germans and the Soviet Union and was one of the largest tank engagements in the world.

The Soviet Union emerged the winner at Kursk.

“It went on for about a month and a half with Stalin beating the table and saying, ‘We will begin offensive operations this year, we will intiate them, we will go further in the past, and we will not allow the Germans to go first,” said Colonel David Glantz, the author of “The Battle of Kursk.”

Glantz presented his theory on Kursk and afterwards answered questions and signed books.

“I was really kind of blown away as the scope of it and how much he knows and how it kind of differs from a lot of the traditional interpretations of the way the battle went,” said JD Kammes, the Public Programs Manager of the First Division Museum.

A Date with History is a monthly program at the First Division Museum that offers people opportunities to meet authors, historians, and panelists.


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