Jason, the paper does state that most vehicle kills were mobility kills.
Our Brigadier Ray is one example. He lead a re-enforced platoon through a Pakistani minefield while wounded and losing no men.
A look at Kursk from the stand point of what the German divisional units actually achieved compared to what they were facing paints a rather different picture of the campaign and reveals the true nature of the German's tactical skill. They attacked into a defensive belt even more fearsome than those seen in WWI- more pre-sighted artillery, more mines, more machine guns, more men plus bad weather (post war Soviet propaganda dried the battlefield out). The German's breached several of the defensive belts and only suffered 11,000 dead/missing/POW and 43,000 wounded (6.92% of man power at the beginning of the campaign). Armored losses (destroyed or not recovered) for Citadel were 252-333 AFV's (11.3% of pre-campaign strength.
The Soviet's fighting from this massive defensive work suffered over 70,000 dead, 107,000 wounded and over 2500 AFV's knocked out for manpower losses of 9% and AFV losses of 37.5%. The Soviets also lost 1 in 6 guns deployed compared to 1 in 18 for the Germans. It is unlikely the Soviets were able to recover and repair nearly as many of their own AFV's as the Germans were. While the T-34 used the less flammable diesel the primary tank was located under the front glacis in front of the driver. T-34's tended to brew up easily in 1943 as German AT weapons the 50mm L60, 75mm L48, 75mm L70, and 88mm L56 could punch it easily at increasing distances.
In short, the Germans were rapidly being reduced in combat effectiveness while the Soviets were increasing in theirs. What's more, the Germans were rapidly being reduced in strong forces while the Soviets were throwing fresh strong forces into the fight.
All this because the Germans could not and did not penetrate the belts.
I do have a question for you...Are 37mm holes different if fired from the ground as opposed to being fired from the air? Considering that 37mm is 37mm? I'm asking because you seem to be POSITIVE that the tanks killed by 37mm anti-tank rounds were in fact fired from the ground...
Just to put that into perspective I have seen 20mm holes fired from the M61 and I have seen 20mm holes fired from the M195 and I had a hard time figuring out which came from which...and that's sad considering that as a Cobra weapons repairman I should have been able to figure that one out...
J'ai en marre.
1. how can you tell ?
2. follow on until what date ?
J'ai en marre.
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