Operation Zitadelle

Battle of Orel (Kursk)
The first attacks went in on schedule, with small groups of Grenadiers infiltrating through minefields and rushing the Soviet trenches. In two hours of hand-to-hand combat, the Soviet outposts were captured and the main attack was ready to roll at just after dawn – 04:05 hours – on July 5 1943. In the north, Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model's 9.Armee blunted its spearhead against the Soviet minefields. The southern offensive, spearheaded by II.SS-Panzerkorps and the Großdeutschland Division made more headway, unlike in Model's sector, it was not halted, and broke through. Image: Tiger tanks in the northern offensive. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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