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Kursk and the summer of 1943 on the East Front is a great wargaming situation. Even though the Russians have the edge this is as close to parity as it gets. Could the Germans launch a successful offensive or failing in that could they have achieved a stalemate?
Could the Russians have attacked first successfully?
IMHO the actual Citadel offensive was probably the stupidest thing the Germans could have done. Attacking the strongest part of a fully prepared defensive position. This is with hindsight though. The Germans had never been stopped in the Summer and there Panzers were close to full strength. The Russians were worried , that’s why it was so heavily fortified and why they had an entire Reserve Front behind the Kursk salient.
So many possibilities, attack the front of the salient ? A deep drive behind it into the Voronezh region? Or probably better yet some place entirely different.
I personally think they should have listened to Guderian and stayed on the defensive waiting for a chance to counter punch.
I’d love to see a list of as many Kursk games or anything on the East Front 1943.
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1. Board Game: Kursk: Operation Zitadelle, 4 July 1943 [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:7621]
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This was my first game on Kursk. SPI. It was a decent game for its day and was the first use of the mechanics that were used in War in the East and War in Europe.
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2. Board Game: Drive on Kursk: July 1943 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:5214]
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This is the latest game on Kursk I've played. A good magazine game and better than the old SPI game IMO.
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3. Board Game: Ukraine '43 [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:1883]
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Heres a game on the aftermath of Kursk. I haven't played it but I would love to get my hands on a copy!
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4. Board Game: Kursk: History's Greatest Tank Battle, July 1943 [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:5982]
Jeffrey D Myers
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Also known as Eric Goldberg's Kursk. Nice mini-monster, with ultra-colorful counters.
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5. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:302]
Yoki Erdtman
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Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943 is a tactical wargame of platoon-sized engagements. The counters represent infantry squads, guns and crews, vehicles, or airplanes. This game made me a huge fan of the Conflict of Heroes series. I find it a beautiful and very enjoyable game.
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6. Board Game: Heavy Panzers at Kursk, July 1943 [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
Wulf Corbett
Scotland
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Less well known, this game. Less well rated too...
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7. Board Game: Zitadelle: Duel for Kursk [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:6683]
Robert Wesley
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An unusual approach, whereby JUST a couple of certain selected sections were depicted for theirs here.
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8. Board Game: Blood & Steel [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:7944]
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Simple but pretty folio game.
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9. Board Game: Slaughter & Carnage: Kursk's Stalingrad at Ponyri [Average Rating:1.50 Unranked]
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Another of the... less celebrated... Kursk games.
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10. Board Game: SS Panzer: Bloodbath at Kursk [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:8995]
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One whole lot of game.
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11. Board Game: Prochorovka: Armor at Kursk [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:7043]
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And a teeny little one...
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12. Board Game: Panzer Grenadier: Kursk – South Flank [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
Kent Reuber
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There are two upcoming PG modules on Kursk about to be published. This and Panzer Grenadier: Kursk – Burning Tigers
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13. Board Game: Memoir '44: Eastern Front [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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Includes a Prokhorovka Overlord scenario among others.
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14. Board Game: ATS: Ponyri – Metalgods [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked]
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Advanced Tobruk game.

This just came out in Feb. Comes with two 23x34 mapsheets, though most scenarios play on one.
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15. Board Game: Hell's Bridgehead [Average Rating:7.37 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.37 Unranked]
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This is a nice little ASL slugfest...


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16. Board Game: Panzerkrieg [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3795]
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This game had a variant scenario, postulating that the Kursk battle never happened, and that Von Manstein used his armour reserves to counterpunch the Soviet advances.


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17. Board Game: Black Wednesday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:3098]
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Not Kursk, obviously, but you did ask for 1943 games. This one covers the Soviet attack on the Spanish division, as part of the wider operations to relieve Leningrad. I haven't played it yet (only just received it), but it promises to be an absolute bloodbath.


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18. Board Game: Clash Along the Psel: The Battle of Kursk 1943 [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:4246]
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The battle, as covered by the Advanced Tobruk System.
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19. Board Game: Duel of the Giants: Eastern Front [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3771]
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It's a treatment of the battle. But certainly not heavy enough to entertain grognards.
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20. Board Game: EastFront II [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:784]
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While not specifically a game on Kursk it has a great Kursk scenario. A very evenly matched situation.





Trial of Strength and Russian Front also have excellent Kursk scenarios.

Trial of Strength

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21. Board Game: Death Ride Kursk: Gross Deutschland [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked]
Wolfgang Kunz
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This game is all about Kursk (or better: a part of Kursk).

Sadly wherever I looked people had bought it and commented on how nice it looked but also no one seems to play it.

I was a bit "confused" to see the examples the designer posted with extraordinary high numbers for attack and the different primary / secondary weapons and different types of targets.

Looks unplayable to me.

So if anyone has played this game I would appreciate a comment how it really works out (and not how it looks).
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22. Board Game: Death Ride Kursk: 3rd Panzer Expansion [Average Rating:8.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.60 Unranked]
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...and this one is the expansion for the game above. Another game about this battle is in the pipe which can / will expand (AFAIK) the first one but can be played alone too.

The topic is absolutely the right one, the size of the game too but the mechanics look very burdensome. Sadly the rules are not online so I can't have a deeper peek into them before buying the game.
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23. Board Game: Clash of Titans: The Tank Battle for Kursk, 1943 [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:5204]
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24. Board Game: Kursk 1943: The Northern Pincer [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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First part of the Alea's kursk
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25. Board Game: Kursk 1943: The Southern Pincer [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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And this is the second part
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