Prokhorovka


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Prokhorovka

 

an urban-type settlement and administrative center of Prokhorovka Raion, Belgorod Oblast, RSFSR. Railroad station on the Belgorod-Kursk line, 56 km north of Belgorod. Prokhorovka has a poultry combine, a butter factory, brick and asphalt plants, and a people’s amateur theater.

On July 12, 1943, during the battle of Kursk, the region west and south of Prokhorovka was the site of the largest tank meeting engagement of the Great Patriotic War (1941–45). The engagement involved an attacking fascist German tank grouping, consisting of the II Panzer Corps of the SS and the III Panzer Corps (about 700 tanks and assault guns), and the counterattacking Fifth Guards Tank Army and three tank and mechanized brigades (about 800 tanks and self-propelled artillery guns). In bitter fighting that lasted the entire day, the enemy lost more than 350 tanks and assault guns and more than 10,000 men and was forced to pass to the defensive. The Fifth Guards Tank Army lost about 300 tanks and self-propelled artillery guns.

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Demolishing the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative
The memorial event was to be located in the Belgorod region, in the town of Prokhorovka, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Prokhorovka.
Other chapters provide an operational context by looking at the Luftwaffe air support at Kursk and the deployment, movements, and performance of the Das Reich division during battles at Prokhorovka. Distributed by Casemate.
The Blitzkrieg concept can be said to have finally petered out in the fields near Prokhorovka at the battle of Kursk in July 1943, although certain elements were still traceable as late as the Ardennes Offensive (the Battle of the Bulge) in mid-December 1944.
Leading to the famous battlefield at Prokhorovka, which was not a single clash, but a series of encounters between three German tank corps and two Soviet tank armies.