Battle of Kursk Consequences
Despite the big loss the Battle of Kursk was a Soviet
triumph. A major German offensive had been stopped before it managed to break
through the Soviet lines of defense.
In spite of new tanks and war experienced crews, the German
forces failed to break the Soviet forces' lines.
Wehrmacht was also surprised by the large reserves the
Soviets had available for the battle, and this came to characterize the war on
the Eastern Front.
Kursk was the last major German offensive on the Eastern
Front. The rest of the war, the Wehrmacht retreated, and had to settle for
responding to Soviet offensives.
The German forces continued to inflict heavy losses on Soviet forces, but thanks to the Soviet
Union's major population and industrial production, and especially American lend-lease military aid, it was
impossible to stop the Red Army.
Another important result of the Battle of Kursk was that it helped to convince Hitler that his
staff was incompetent. Hitler intervened increasingly in the war, until the end, when he found himself involved in
The opposite happened with Stalin. After seeing Stavka planning be justified on the battlefield,
he relied more on his advisers, failed to intervene in the details of warfare, and rarely overruled the military
decisions. The Red Army had more freedom and were more flexible towards the end of the war.