Why did the nazi abandon the offensive at Kursk?

Sep 2012
8,843
India
#31
At all time Hitler priority was the acquiring of a continental sized resources base ,
he wrote it in Mein Kampf stated it in public time and again

Germany had starved during WW1 , it lost the war due to a lack of resources and the blocus
with all of Eurasia at Germany disposal , the Reich would be the geopolitical equal to the US
Britain would only be a financially insecure country dependent on the precarious safety of its sea lanes

All it's political move were toward the East ,that's where Germany future was
The German Army had forced the Tsarist Army in WW I to surrender and had captured the huge expanse of the fertile province of Ukraine. Yet it was starving in the later period of WW I. Obviously the capture of Ukraine did not alter the German circumstances in so far as availability of foodgrains and coal was concerned. Rather, the German Army found that the task of guarding the province of Ukraine was beyond the powers of its strength. So there was no reason for Germany in WW II to attack the Soviet Union when Stalin was supplying wheat, fodder, and oil to Nazi Germany, ever true to the terms and conditions of the anti-aggression pact.
The single volume biography of Hitler titled ' Hitler ' by Ian Kershaw ( ISBN 978-0-141-035588-8, Penguin Books 2009 ), on page 586, describes a meeting of Hitler with Brauchtisch and Halder about the objectives of the planned attack on the Soviet Union. It says nothing about Lebensraum. It says that Hitler was annoyed about the Soviet ambitions in the Balkans. It also underlines Hitler's ideas about the Soviet army. ' The Russian is inferior. The army lacks leadership. ' The aim of the campaign was ' The Crushing of Russian Manpower. ' How wrong was Hitler about the Soviet Manpower and the inferiority of the Russians!
Of course, Hitler did say various things about the invasion of the Soviet Union at various times. But no ' political ' ideas were dominant in his mind.
 
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sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
3,587
Sydney
#32
Sep 2012
8,843
India
#33
The Kursk battle, a ferocious contest between the German Army and the Soviet Army where about one thousand tanks fought head to head for about eighteen hours, resulted in a defeat of the German Army. That army left the field whereas the Soviet Army held the field and then advanced.
 
Jan 2014
990
Rus
#34
But Hitler was already engaged in a terrific struggle with the British Empire. A Two-Front war was what he had always declared he would avoid. Then why did he go and attack when the Soviet Union had, by the non-aggression treaty, committed to supplying him precious Oil and food grains?I t was a foolish gamble and unnecessary, at that moment.No doubt that Stalin was no friend-in-need, being not averse to gobble up the Baltic states while Hitler was busy in beating France and Britain in the European campaign.
He couldnt begin active operation against England with armed USSR behind his back. Otherwise he could operate quite long time against USSR with no serious threat from the West.
 
Jan 2014
990
Rus
#35
The German Army had forced the Tsarist Army in WW I to surrender and had captured the huge expanse of the fertile province of Ukraine. Yet it was starving in the later period of WW I. Obviously the capture of Ukraine did not alter the German circumstances in so far as availability of foodgrains and coal was concerned. Rather, the German Army found that the task of guarding the province of Ukraine was beyond the powers of its strength. So there was no reason for Germany in WW II to attack the Soviet Union when Stalin was supplying wheat, fodder, and oil to Nazi Germany, ever true to the terms and conditions of the anti-aggression pact.
German Army didnt forced Tsarist army to surrender. There were no Tsar when Germany seized Ukraine. Russian army was demoralized and weakened already in 1917 after overthrow of the Tsar and abolition of officer's authority in the army. In 1918 after Bolsheviks coming to power Russian Army deserted fully. Only because of this Germany could seized Ukraine.

Undoubtedly Tsar's Army was weaker than German's in 1:1 fight. But in 1917 Russian Army was strengther than German's East part in the case when there was no revolution. In the winter 1916-1917 Tsar's government prepared final offensive for summer of 1917 which had to crush Germany and to finish war to the end of 1917. This offensive even was undertaken by Revolution's command. But it wasnt well prepared due to revolutionary mess. And it failed because of this reason and because of catastrophic fall of discipline.
 
Jan 2014
990
Rus
#36
The Kursk battle, a ferocious contest between the German Army and the Soviet Army where about one thousand tanks fought head to head for about eighteen hours, resulted in a defeat of the German Army. That army left the field whereas the Soviet Army held the field and then advanced.
Things were more complex in reality. German's didnt lose tank's battle near Prohorovka. They begun to retreat not by this reason.
 
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Dec 2017
473
Australia
#37
Battle of Prokhorovka was only one battle at the Kursk salient. Although, 5th guard tank brigade of Red Army sustainted heavy losses Wehrmaht were unable to seize Prokhorovka. As a result Wehrmacht forces decided to withdraw.

Overall the operation Citadel was lost which led to Belgorod-Kharkov offensive operation by Red Army. Eventually German forces retreated to the right bank of Dniepr river leading to the 2nd battle of Kiev. German forces were retreating in south-western front from then on.
 
Jan 2014
990
Rus
#39
Battle of Prokhorovka was only one battle at the Kursk salient. Although, 5th guard tank brigade of Red Army sustainted heavy losses Wehrmaht were unable to seize Prokhorovka. As a result Wehrmacht forces decided to withdraw.
They retreated by not this reason. Soviet units sustained not less heavy losses. They retreated because of general situation on the front. Soviets military dispositions didnt crashed how it always was in previous Germans offensives. So they couldnt advance with fewer number of troops.
 
Dec 2017
473
Australia
#40
They retreated by not this reason. Soviet units sustained not less heavy losses. They retreated because of general situation on the front. Soviets military dispositions didnt crashed how it always was in previous Germans offensives. So they couldnt advance with fewer number of troops.
Wehrmacht retreated because Hitler ordered them to go to Italy, after unsuccessful operation at the Kursk Salient. Although, in southern part of the Kursk salient Wehrmacht had some success and were on the verge of victory. So, they thought but Prokhorovka was not captured. The situation was different in the north of Kursk salient where Red Army had more success. In the north German commanders wanted to withdraw themselves without order from Hitler. If Red Army was not successful at the Kursk salient they would not be able to begin Belgorod-Kharkov offensive operation in 3 weeks after operation Citadel was stopped at Kursk. Belgorod-Kharkov offensive operation was also a bloody engagement.