The Battle of Kursk was fought by about 4 million men, 13,000 armored vehicles and nearly as much aircraft. As such, it was one of the largest battles of World War II and the largest tank battle in military history. But it was also a decisive battle in the Eastern front. The war in Russia was far from over but any hopes for the German success against the Soviet Union came to an end with the defeat at Kursk.
The graves of the German tank crew right next to their destroyed machine, Eastern Front, undated. Germany invaded Russia with insufficient armored forces. By late 1942, armored losses had already crossed into the danger zone, a trend that continued consistently until the end of the war.