Day of military glory of Russia - the Day of victory of the Soviet troops in the battle of Kursk (1943)
In the great Patriotic war it is the battle of Kursk took a special place.
Battles have been many over the years, but here – especially bloody. the Battle of Kursk lasted from July and August 23, 43 years of the last century. According to my stubbornness and bitterness she knows no equal. Commanders must receive immediate and accurate decisions. The overall design of the command then was as follows: take in the environment and destroy the troops of the Voronezh and Central fronts of attack, which was defended in the district of Kursk. Also, if successful, was intended to strengthen the front and back the Germans strategic initiative. In order to implement their plans, the enemy moved about 900 thousand people, 10 thousand mortars and other weapons, as well as 2700 tanks, the battle was also attended by over 2000 aircraft. The attack was attended new tanks "Panther" and "tiger", fighters, attack planes and guns ’Ferdinand».
The German operation ’Citadel" was finally stopped in a huge tank battle of Prokhorovka. It also was attended by about 1200 tanks from both sides, defeated the Soviet side. July 12, began the counter-offensive of the Soviet troops. But on August 5, were liberated Belgorod and Orel. In the end, the 5th of August in honor of the heroes in Moscow in the capital of the USSR for the first 2 years of the war on the main square was the first victory salute. Then, from this moment on such events constantly spoke about the successes of the USSR. And on August 23, was officially released Kharkov. Thus ended the battle at the Kursk arc of fire. It was destroyed during the 30 divisions of the enemy, he also lost his hand 500 thousand, fifteen hundred tanks, three – guns and more than 3,700 aircraft.
More than 100 thousand soldiers from the Soviet army were awarded orders and medals for heroism and courage. The battle of Kursk was the radical change in the course of the great Patriotic war, thus proving that in the USSR there is every reason to hope for victory.