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Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 5/29/2011 5:41:47 PM   
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Last weekend I went on a little roadtrip to Prokhorovka, thought others on the forum might be interested in a few pix:

I spent the night in Belgorod, and on the way there I passed this monument to Sov tankers:

The inscription says: "To Soviet tankers--participants in the destruction of the German-Fascist troops in the Kursk battle."

Next morning I set out early for Prokhorovka; just where the road turns off the main Kursk-Belgorod highway, I saw my first Russian windmill, didn't know they had them here...


Here is a shot of the countryside; generally very wide open, but with lots of gradual rises and dips, resulting in LOS for miles sometimes, along with covered pockets. Interesting terrain for a tank battle. Note the train tracks in the middle distance, I assume that they are shown on the game map?


OK, now the oligatory series of tank shots from the main monument at Prokhorovka:




Some mortars, they didn't have signs on them, but I guess the first one is a 120mm mortar, not sure what the second one is, I guess a heavy mortar?



In case you've ever wondered what the heck a 152mm gun-howitzer is:

As opposed to a standard 152mm howitzer:


Didn't expect this, but in the middle of the monument-park there is this monument to the 9th Guards Airborne Division, which heroically defended this spot from July 11-13, 1943; from the point the division "began its victorious advance."


On to the museum in Prokhorovka itself, a little map of the battlefield, showing where the various fronts were deployed:

And a dramatization the victory of the Russian tanks:


A list of the recipients of the "Hero of the Soviet Union" Medal from the battle of Kursk--no small number!


More shots of the terrain:






It was a nice trip to a beautiful area, am thinking about heading back down for the anniversary of the battle, at least if they have any live re-enactments, etc., that would be cool!

Ooops, just noticed the size of the pix, sorry about that but too lazy to fix...


















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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 5/29/2011 6:18:31 PM   
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Great pics! That ISU-152 is a monster.

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 5/29/2011 7:29:23 PM   
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Yes, those are terrific...

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 5/29/2011 8:29:56 PM   
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Great pictures!

I wonder how many mines and other crap in the ground left from battle sites like this.

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 5/29/2011 8:43:14 PM   
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Cool! Thanks for posting!

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 6/1/2011 4:11:36 AM   
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I cannot see all the pictures. It would be very interesting.

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 6/1/2011 7:55:24 AM   
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I'll be posting them on my blog in a few days, will be easier to view, will post a link here.

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 6/1/2011 4:40:56 PM   
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Great stuff! Thanks for sharing. Would like to take a trip there someday too. Did you get a chill through your body just thinking about the sheer magnitude of the forces involved and destruction that took place in such a small location?

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 6/1/2011 6:04:27 PM   
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Did you get a chill through your body just thinking about the sheer magnitude of the forces involved and destruction that took place in such a small location?

uh, not really, but it was pretty cool...

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 6/1/2011 9:27:39 PM   
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Great pictures!!

I hope to make the same trip one day too!

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 6/1/2011 10:16:03 PM   
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Nice.

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RE: Road Trip to Prokhorovka - 6/2/2011 8:44:12 AM   
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Great photos. I'll have to remember to re-post my photos I took in the museums around Moscow some time. Yes, a smaller size would be good.


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