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A Titanic Clash of Metal

History Professor Dennis Showalter Publishes "Armor and Blood"

A Titanic Clash of Metal

The newly published “Armor and Blood,” by Colorado College History Professor Dennis E. Showalter, offers the definitive account of the Battle of Kursk, regarded as the largest tank battle in history, and, according to some historians, the greatest land battle in history. The 1943 epic clash of machines and men matched the indomitable will of the Soviet Red Army against the awesome might of the Nazi Wehrmacht. Readers should be prepared for a wild and riotous ride over the steppes of Russia, with the author, a renowned military historian, as their guide.

Showalter’s book, published by Random House out this week, is garnering an army of reviews, including a recent full-length review in The Wall Street Journal, which states “The author's analysis of the Battle of Kursk is first-class,” and goes on to say that Showalter “provides an excellent analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of both armies. His examination of strategy and tactics is masterly.”

Showalter was recently named a 2013-14 Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C. He is past president of the Society for Military History and joint editor of War in History, and has written or edited two dozen books and approximately 150 articles. The Wall Street Journal review, headlined “A Titanic Clash of Metal,” appeared on Aug. 23, 2013, on page C7.