Road Trip to Prokhorovka

Gary Grigsby’s War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945 is a turn-based World War II strategy game stretching across the entire Eastern Front. Gamers can engage in an epic campaign, including division-sized battles with realistic and historical terrain, weather, orders of battle, logistics and combat results.

The critically and fan-acclaimed Eastern Front mega-game Gary Grigsby’s War in the East just got bigger and better with Gary Grigsby’s War in the East: Don to the Danube! This expansion to the award-winning War in the East comes with a wide array of later war scenarios ranging from short but intense 6 turn bouts like the Battle for Kharkov (1942) to immense 37-turn engagements taking place across multiple nations like Drama on the Danube (Summer 1944 – Spring 1945).

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Road Trip to Prokhorovka

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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:
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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...
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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?
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OK, now the oligatory series of tank shots from the main monument at Prokhorovka:
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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?
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In case you've ever wondered what the heck a 152mm gun-howitzer is:
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As opposed to a standard 152mm howitzer:
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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."
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On to the museum in Prokhorovka itself, a little map of the battlefield, showing where the various fronts were deployed:
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And a dramatization the victory of the Russian tanks:
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A list of the recipients of the "Hero of the Soviet Union" Medal from the battle of Kursk--no small number! [&o]
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More shots of the terrain:
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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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Great pics! That ISU-152 is a monster.
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Yes, those are terrific...
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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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Cool! Thanks for posting!
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I cannot see all the pictures. It would be very interesting.
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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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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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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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Great pictures!!

I hope to make the same trip one day too! [8D]
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Nice.
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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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