Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright: Why Kursk is the Most Overhyped Battle in History

The Tigers are Burning.

The title of Martin Caidin’s 1974 history of the Battle of Kursk is still evocative, with its imagery of Nazi Germany’s vaunted Tiger tanks in flames. Tigers burning brightly are just one legend of the epic July 1943 battle between Germany and Russia. There are many more: The Greatest Tank Battle in History, the Turning Point of World War II, The Death Ride of the Panzers, Russian tanks ramming German tanks in a mechanized orgy of destruction….

All very colorful, and all mostly or partly untrue.

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