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Liveblogging World War II: April 15, 1943

The Battle of Kursk:

Hitler gave his support for the attack on April 15th, 1943. His order stated that:

This offensive is of decisive importance. It must end in swift and decisive success. Every commander, every private soldier, must be indoctrinated with awareness of the decisive importance of this offensive. Victory at Kursk will be a beacon for the whole world.

For the attack on Kursk, Germany… grouped 900,000 soldiers in the region, 10,000 artillery guns, 2,700 tanks and 2,000 aircraft. About 1/3rd of all Germany’s military strength was concentrated in the area. Elite Luftwaffe units were ordered there. Hitler ordered that “there must be no failure”. Reconnaissance planes photographed all the defensive systems that the Russians had built. “No offensive was ever prepared as carefully as this one.” General Mellenthin.

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