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Background to Operation Citadel
Looking at maps of the front, the Germans identified a large Soviet salient around the city of Kursk as a potential target for one such limited limited offensive. A pincer attack from North and South could nip off the salient and trap a large amount of Soviet forces. This idea was the genesis of Operation Citadel (German: Unternehmen Zitadelle).
The Germans however spend a very long time building up forces for Operation Citadel, including awaiting for the arrival of new tank models which they believed would give them superiority.
While the Germans were building up, the Soviets were not idle. The Kursk salient was an obvious target for a German attack, and their spies and intelligence sources confirmed that one was coming in this region. The Soviets built up large defensive forces in a powerful multi-layered defense, with lots of minefields and fortifications. The Soviets planned to blunt their German attack against their fortifications, and only after it was stopped, they would launch their own counteroffensive.
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