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Tuesday, 18 March 2014


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Guderian urged Hitler to cancel Kursk - or so he claimed after the event, anyway. A mighty battle, for sure. Made 1940 look like the proverbial vicar's tea party.

Yes, I've just been reading that about Guderian although Manstein was all in favour of it. Apparently the former thought that the Wehrmacht needed time to rebuild its panzer forces but the latter, rather naively, thought that a smashing victory at Kursk would bring about a peace deal! I must check that in Mungo Melvin's excellent biography.

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