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70th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Kursk

The Battle of Kursk was a World War II engagement between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front near Kursk, (450 kilometers southwest of Moscow) in the Soviet Union in July and August 1943. One of the largest armored clashes of the war took place on July 12 and became a decisive Soviet victory and a major turning point in the war.

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Red Army machine-gunners advance a firing position on July 7, 1943.
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Red Army machine-gunners advance a firing position on July 7, 1943.

Guardsmen repulse a Nazi tank attack.
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Guardsmen repulse a Nazi tank attack.

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Soviet IL-2 planes attack a Nazi column on July 1, 1943.
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Soviet IL-2 planes attack a Nazi column on July 1, 1943.

A disabled Nazi tank on the battlefield on July 23, 1943.
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A disabled Nazi tank on the battlefield on July 23, 1943.

Soviet soldiers fire at a Nazi plane on July 7, 1943.
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Soviet soldiers fire at a Nazi plane on July 7, 1943.

German prisoners of war march on July 23, 1943.
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German prisoners of war march on July 23, 1943.

The commander of the 5th Guards Tank Army, Lieutenant,General Pavel Rotmistrov (left), and Chief of Staff of the Army Major General Baskakov examine the combat situation on a map on August 1, 1943.
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The commander of the 5th Guards Tank Army, Lieutenant,General Pavel Rotmistrov (left), and Chief of Staff of the Army Major General Baskakov examine the combat situation on a map on August 1, 1943.

Soviet antiaircraft gunners man their positions on August 10, 1943.
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Soviet antiaircraft gunners man their positions on August 10, 1943.

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Locals return to the liberated village of Pokrovka.
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Locals return to the liberated village of Pokrovka.

An operations map of the Battle of Kursk
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An operations map of the Battle of Kursk

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