The battle of Kursk was the largest tank battle of World War Two and marks a turning point for the war where the Nazis were dealt a major defeat, and the Red Army triumphed. The battle of Kursk was initiated by the Nazi aggressors in their eastern front campaign, the Red Army staged one of the greatest resistance and eventual counters of the entire war.
The battle lasted between July 5th and August 23rd, 1943. The Germans had brought an extremely sizable force of tanks, divisions, aircraft, and roughly 900,000 men, however the Russians were able to counter their strength with even more numbers of tanks, aircraft, and men, numbering around 1.3 million troops. The response of Russia to the attack in Kursk was a matter of national pride. The Germans had recently been repelled from Stalingrad and were on the defensive, even though they were attacking in Kursk, modern day Ukraine. Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, dealing great losses to the Red Army. Within two years, Russia was able to mobilize, modernize, and equip their soldiers with weapons and armor to counter the modern and well equipped Nazi attackers. This is indicative of the Soviet system of communism and their ability to rapidly dictate the production of industry and mobilize the population to repel invasion.
The battle consisted of daily tank and troop engagement from both sides in a costly and decisive outcome. The soviets succeeded in their mission of preventing further incursion into their lands from Nazi German troops, but at a great cost. The Soviets lost hundreds of thousands of men, roughly half of their tanks, and multiple aircraft. Although they won the battle, their losses were that of five to one for German troop and equipment.