BMMHS Zoom Afternoon Talk: The Battle of Kursk

The Battle of Kursk

Speaker: Gareth Davies

This Zoom Talk will be scheduled to start at 2:00pm

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The Battle of Kursk

Kursk is often described as the greatest tank battle ever, and a battle in which the Germans lost vast numbers of tanks. This talk will look at the development of the Panther and T34 tanks and then will describe the battles of July – August 1943 and in doing so will explode one or two myths.

German Panzers i nRussia
GERMAN TANKS AND MILITARY VEHICLES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR (STT 1288) Pz Kpfw III Ausf Js in Russia Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:
THE BATTLE OF KURSK, JULY-AUGUST 1943 (HU 40710) Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers returning to their base fly low over an advancing German column of Panzer III tanks and softskin vehicles on the Orel front, July 1943. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:

About the Speaker - Gareth Davies

Gareth has been a keen student of twentieth century warfare for many years. He served in the Royal Tank Regiment for over 25 years and his military career included tours teaching at Sandhurst, the Land Warfare School, and the Joint Services Command and Staff College, as well as two tours in the Ministry of Defence. He has an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London.

Gareth now works as a Warfare Analyst, looking at current military challenges as well as helping people learn from the past. He regularly leads group tours for schools and military units as well as highly bespoke tours for individuals and families. His interests include command, learning, and technology; the Great War in France & Flanders, Italy, and Palestine; Second World War combined arms actions of 1944 and 1945; and tanks – because a day without a tank is a day wasted. His first book, on tanks in 1917, will be published by Helion in 2021. 

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