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Kursk; Northern shoulder and Rokossovskys command post.

Article about: Continuing my series documenting my recent visit to the Battlefields of Russia this chapter documents my visit to the Northern shoulder of the Kursk salient and Model's Central Army Groups f

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    Continuing my series documenting my recent visit to the Battlefields of Russia this chapter documents my visit to the Northern shoulder of the Kursk salient and Model's Central Army Groups failed advance, which involved the epic battle for Ponyri the 'little Stalingrad' of Kursk. In doing so we followed the German units route to their furthest limit of advance. Which involved visiting sites associated with the German penetration and the Soviet defence, including museums, bunkers, original and restored trenches and tank scrapes before culminating in a visit to the museum and command bunker complex of Rokossovsky.

    The view toward Ponyri from the German line of advance

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    The South side of Ponyri looking towards Ponyri from the Russian positions at the limit of the German advance

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    Ponyri station.

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    During the Battle.

    Pic 1 is a knocked out Panzer outside Ponyri station.

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    The museum at Ponyri.

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    Contemporary photo's of the fighting around Ponyri.



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    Teplov Heights and the extent of the German advance.

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    Items such as this are lying in there hundreds just meters from the Teplov Heights memorial.

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    Memorial to Hero of the Soviet Union SGT Mikhail Fomin 159 Guards Artillery regiment who on this spot with the gun shown destroyed whilst injured 7 German tanks. The memorial overlooks an area known as the Panzer graveyard and is on the line of the furthest extent of the German advance just below the Teplov heights.

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    A veteran visiting the above.

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    All the woods in the area contain tank scrapes and associated trench systems.

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    Rokossovskys HQ.

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    The entrance to Rokossovskys Bunker.

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    Rokossovskys operations room.

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    Remains of nearby trenches.

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    The Museum.

    The man himself

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    thank you Robin.

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    Rokossovsky is one of those Generals that deserves to be much more widely known. A great commander in my opinion especially when you consider how he suffered at the hands of the NKVD during Stalin's pre-war purges.

    Great pictures.

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    Totally agree!
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    Excellent Rob thanks for posting ! Agree with Kevin as well to achieve what he did after the purges shows a remarkable strength of Character.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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