skip to content
Soviet defensive tactics at kursk, july 1943. Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Soviet defensive tactics at kursk, july 1943.

Author: COLONEL DAVID M. GLANTZ.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : PICKLE PARTNERS PUBLISHIN.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
In his classic work, On War, Carl von Clausewitz wrote, "As we shall show, defense is a stronger form of fighting than attack." A generation of nineteenth century officers, nurtured on the study of the experiences of Napoleon and conditioned by the wars of German unification, had little reason to accept that view. The offensive spirit swept through European armies and manifested itself in the regulations, plans, and  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy online

Links to this item

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: COLONEL DAVID M. GLANTZ.
ISBN: 1786250438 9781786250438
OCLC Number: 968300353
Description: 1 online resource

Abstract:

In his classic work, On War, Carl von Clausewitz wrote, "As we shall show, defense is a stronger form of fighting than attack." A generation of nineteenth century officers, nurtured on the study of the experiences of Napoleon and conditioned by the wars of German unification, had little reason to accept that view. The offensive spirit swept through European armies and manifested itself in the regulations, plans, and mentality of those armiehe events of 1939, 1940, and 1941 in Poland, France, and Russia respectively again challenged Clausewitz' claim of the superiority of the defense and prompted armies worldwide to frantically field large armored forces and develop doctrines for their use. While blitzkrieg concepts ruled supreme, it fell to that nation victimized most by those concepts to develop techniques to counter the German juggernaut. The Soviets had to temper a generation of offensive tradition in order to marshal forces and develop techniques to counter blitzkrieg. In essence, the Soviet struggle for survival against blitzkrieg proved also to be a partial test of Clausewitz' dictum. In July 1943, after arduous months of developing defensive techniques, often at a high cost in terms of men and material, the Soviets met blitzkrieg head-on and proved that defense against it was feasible. The titanic, grinding Kursk operation validated, in part, Clausewitz' views. But it also demonstrated that careful study of force organization and employment and application of the fruits of that study can produce either offensive or defensive victory. While on the surface the events of Kursk seemed to validate Clausewitz' view, it is often forgotten that, at Kursk, the Soviets integrated the concept of counteroffensive into their grand defensive designs. Thus the defense itself was meaningless unless viewed against the backdrop of the renewed offensive efforts and vice versa. What Kursk did prove was that strategic, operational, and tactical defenses could counter blitzkrieg.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/968300353> # Soviet defensive tactics at kursk, july 1943.
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork, schema:MediaObject ;
    library:oclcnum "968300353" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Place/place_of_publication_not_identified> ; # Place of publication not identified
    rdfs:comment "Warning: This malformed URI has been treated as a string - 'https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/3082-1/{C8642EC2-7FF2-4883-A10F-1EF0221CD2B8}Img100.jpg'" ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Place/russia> ; # Russia.
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Place/russia_federation> ; # Russia (Federation)
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Topic/kursk_battle_of_russia_1943> ; # Kursk, Battle of, Russia, 1943
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Meeting/kursk_battle_of_russia_1943> ; # Kursk, Battle of (Russia : 1943)
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Meeting/world_war_1939_1945> ; # World War (1939-1945)
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Event/1939_1945> ; # 1939-1945
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Topic/military_campaigns> ; # Military campaigns
    schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/940.5421/> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Topic/world_war_1939_1945_campaigns_russia_federation> ; # World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Russia (Federation)
    schema:bookFormat schema:EBook ;
    schema:creator <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Person/colonel_david_m_glantz> ; # COLONEL DAVID M. GLANTZ.
    schema:description "In his classic work, On War, Carl von Clausewitz wrote, "As we shall show, defense is a stronger form of fighting than attack." A generation of nineteenth century officers, nurtured on the study of the experiences of Napoleon and conditioned by the wars of German unification, had little reason to accept that view. The offensive spirit swept through European armies and manifested itself in the regulations, plans, and mentality of those armiehe events of 1939, 1940, and 1941 in Poland, France, and Russia respectively again challenged Clausewitz' claim of the superiority of the defense and prompted armies worldwide to frantically field large armored forces and develop doctrines for their use. While blitzkrieg concepts ruled supreme, it fell to that nation victimized most by those concepts to develop techniques to counter the German juggernaut. The Soviets had to temper a generation of offensive tradition in order to marshal forces and develop techniques to counter blitzkrieg. In essence, the Soviet struggle for survival against blitzkrieg proved also to be a partial test of Clausewitz' dictum. In July 1943, after arduous months of developing defensive techniques, often at a high cost in terms of men and material, the Soviets met blitzkrieg head-on and proved that defense against it was feasible. The titanic, grinding Kursk operation validated, in part, Clausewitz' views. But it also demonstrated that careful study of force organization and employment and application of the fruits of that study can produce either offensive or defensive victory. While on the surface the events of Kursk seemed to validate Clausewitz' view, it is often forgotten that, at Kursk, the Soviets integrated the concept of counteroffensive into their grand defensive designs. Thus the defense itself was meaningless unless viewed against the backdrop of the renewed offensive efforts and vice versa. What Kursk did prove was that strategic, operational, and tactical defenses could counter blitzkrieg."@en ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/10761078> ;
    schema:genre "Electronic books"@en ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:name "Soviet defensive tactics at kursk, july 1943."@en ;
    schema:productID "968300353" ;
    schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/968300353#PublicationEvent/place_of_publication_not_identified_pickle_partners_publishin> ;
    schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Agent/pickle_partners_publishin> ; # PICKLE PARTNERS PUBLISHIN.
    schema:url <https://www.overdrive.com/search?q=C8642EC2-7FF2-4883-A10F-1EF0221CD2B8> ;
    schema:url "https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/3082-1/{C8642EC2-7FF2-4883-A10F-1EF0221CD2B8}Img100.jpg" ;
    schema:url <https://d2snwnmzyr8jue.cloudfront.net/ins_9781786250438_180.jpeg> ;
    schema:url <https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=c8642ec2-7ff2-4883-a10f-1ef0221cd2b8&.epub-sample.overdrive.com> ;
    schema:url <https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11520392> ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781786250438> ;
    wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/968300353> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Agent/pickle_partners_publishin> # PICKLE PARTNERS PUBLISHIN.
    a bgn:Agent ;
    schema:name "PICKLE PARTNERS PUBLISHIN." ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Meeting/kursk_battle_of_russia_1943> # Kursk, Battle of (Russia : 1943)
    a bgn:Meeting, schema:Event ;
    schema:name "Kursk, Battle of (Russia : 1943)" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Meeting/world_war_1939_1945> # World War (1939-1945)
    a bgn:Meeting, schema:Event ;
    schema:name "World War (1939-1945)" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Person/colonel_david_m_glantz> # COLONEL DAVID M. GLANTZ.
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:name "COLONEL DAVID M. GLANTZ." ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Place/place_of_publication_not_identified> # Place of publication not identified
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "Place of publication not identified" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Place/russia_federation> # Russia (Federation)
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "Russia (Federation)" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Topic/kursk_battle_of_russia_1943> # Kursk, Battle of, Russia, 1943
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Kursk, Battle of, Russia, 1943"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Topic/military_campaigns> # Military campaigns
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Military campaigns"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/10761078#Topic/world_war_1939_1945_campaigns_russia_federation> # World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Russia (Federation)
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Russia (Federation)"@en ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781786250438>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "1786250438" ;
    schema:isbn "9781786250438" ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.