In the early
summer of 1942, following the German defeat at Stalingrad and the
inconclusive battle at Kharkov, Hitler sought a decisive battle that
would turn the struggle on the Eastern Front in the Germans' favour.
Large numbers of the newly-designed Panther and Tiger tanks were rolling
off the production lines and Hitler was convinced that, with appropriate
numbers, German armour could turn the tide against the advancing Soviets
on the Eastern Front.
Despite the reservations of his general, Hitler was determined this
offensive take place and this is a comprehensive examination of the
decisive failure of the Germans' last large-scale offensive on the