A selection of declassified documents about the Battle of Kursk published by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
From the material:
The directive due to the special secrecy of the operation contains the legendary data of Soviet military leaders. So, under the pseudonym "Comrade Yuriev" and "Comrade Alexandrov" in it are George Zhukov and Alexander Vasilevsky.
Among the documents submitted by the Ministry of Defense is the combat report of the headquarters of the Central Front (dated July 15, 1943). It reports on the beginning of an offensive on the Kursk-Orlovsky direction and on advancing in a number of sectors (with stubborn resistance and attempts to counterattack the enemy) to a depth of 3 km.
Among other documents published a report on the fighting of armored and mechanized troops (the time interval 5 July - 10 August 1943 year). In particular, a geographical description of the battle area is presented: from the north of the Bryansk-Oryol highway, from the south - the conditional line - Lebedin, Belgorod, Stary Oskol, from the west - the Desna River from Bryansk to Novgorod-Seversky and further along the conditional line Glukhov, Vorozhba Sumy.
Among the documents are award sheets, certificates of the facts of heroism shown by the Red Army soldiers, the order for the liberation of Kharkov, etc. You can read all the published documents here.
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