Der Zangenangriff auf Kursk entwickelte sich zur größten Panzerschlacht des Zweiten Weltkriegs. Sie endete mit einem Erfolg der Roten Armee. Die Operationen um Kursk im Sommer werden auch als Schlacht bei Kursk, Panzerschlacht um Kursk oder Schlacht im Kursker Bogen bezeichnet. Prohokorovka ist die größte Panzerschlacht der Geschichte. Nach der Legende zerbrachen hier die Sowjets die deutsche Panzerwaffe.
Panzerschlacht bei Dubno-Luzk-RiwneDie Operationen um Kursk im Sommer werden auch als Schlacht bei Kursk, Panzerschlacht um Kursk oder Schlacht im Kursker Bogen bezeichnet. Die Panzerschlacht bei Dubno-Luzk-Brody (russisch Танковое сражение под Дубно, Луцком, Броды; auch Schlacht bei Dubno-Luzk-Riwne) war eine Schlacht. Die Rote Armee stellte die Panzerschlacht um Prochorowka südlich von Kursk am Juli als großen Sieg dar. In Wirklichkeit war es eine.
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It was no easy victory for either side. Panzerschlacht covers all of these operations in detail. Using excellent color maps and detailed orders of battles showing unit strengths, the reader can follow this David versus Goliath event as it unfolded.
A large number of rare archival photographs, many previously unpublished, complement the text. Full-color artwork provides detailed information about the camouflage and markings carried by the vehicles involved in the fighting, including the rarely-seen Hungarian AFVs.
On December 2, Maj. Manton Eddy, commander of XII Corps, Third Army, requested of General Patton that 4th Armored, gathered just east of the city of Sarre-Union, be pulled off the line for much needed rest and maintenance.
Permission was granted by Army headquarters but not before the unit was ordered to make one last push for the German border a mere 20 miles away.
Not initially taken into account when the move on Rohrbach-les-Bitche and Bining was planned was the small village of Singling, two miles west of the American objectives.
Singling, situated on a southwest-northeast ridge, was an agricultural settlement of 50 squat stone houses strung along a half mile of narrow road running from Achen, near the Sarre River, east to Rohrbach-les-Bitche and Germany.
Stables fronted the main street. Some of the farmhouses were almost fortress-like with three-foot reinforced concrete walls and gardens surrounded by more high, thick walls.
Concrete pillboxes stood at the eastern and western entrances to the village, on the hills and in the valley to the north, and on the ridgeline to the south.
As the attacking U. One way to bypass the road was to follow the trace of an old Roman road along the reverse slope of the ridge west of the valley.
However, the west side of the slope could be brought under direct fire from Singling, which, due to its location on the slightly higher ground and placement on the curve of the ridge, commanded this approach route for three miles to the south.
Neither route was, therefore, satisfactory since advancing troops would be under German observation before they were within attacking range, but the avenue to the west side of the ridge seemed to offer the best hope for success.
Yet, if it was to be used to go after Bining the Americans would first have to neutralize Singling, and that would be a problem because the hamlet was dominated by a ridgeline 1, yards to its north.
That morning the commander of the 37th Tank Battalion, Combat Command A, 4th Armored Division, Lt. Creighton W. As the colonel reviewed the mission, he wondered why his tankers would be going into combat without the usual infantry support.
Up to that time the campaign in Lorraine saw the 4th Armored Division operate in small, flexible task forces, each consisting of one or more tank companies supported by at least one company of armored infantry.
These combat teams were formed on an ad hoc basis to deal with enemy strongpoints, clear resistance in urban areas, give the tanks infantry guides to navigate safely in villages and towns, or hold ground against counterattacks.
Advancing without foot support would make it difficult to take and hold ground and would leave vehicles vulnerable to enemy antitank weapons.
Fully cognizant that sending a tank battalion out on its own against an opponent of unknown strength was far from normal divisional operating procedure, Abrams nevertheless made no complaint and readied his battalion for its new assignment.
Around noon on December 5, Abrams sent the 14 M4 Sherman medium tanks of C Company, 37th Tank Battalion northeast on the road to Bining.
The M7 Priest self-propelled guns of Batteries B and C, 94th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Armored Division, sporting mm howitzers, provided direct fire support for the move, while Battery A of the 94th laid down a smoke screen to disrupt any enemy fire coming from Singling on the American left flank.
Soon after the U. The enemy missiles came from Singling and the high ground northeast of the village. The tank crews abandoned their vehicles and raced back to friendly lines on foot.
As the day ended, Abrams withdrew the balance of his command beyond the sight of the offending German guns and planned the resumption of his assignment the next day.
On the night of December 5, the 37th Tank Battalion leader received his orders for the next day. As expected, he was ordered to drive for Bining. With his acknowledgement of his new orders, Abrams requested support from at least six artillery battalions to smother Singling with such intense suppressive fire that the enemy could not interfere with the American move on Bining.
Consequently, the foot sloggers were ordered to mount up on the tanks for their ride into battle. As B Team assembled, the Shermans of Company A, 37th Tank Battalion took a position one mile ahead of the rest of the American force.
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