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Kursk


Kursk is a city in western central European Russia, and administrative center of the Kursk Oblast. As of the 2002 census, Kursk had an estimated population of 412,442.

In 1943, the largest tank battle in history, and the last major German offensive on the Eastern front, took place in the vicinity of Kursk. During the Battle of Kursk, 800,000 German troops backed by 2,700 tanks and 2,000 aircraft attacked Soviet forces of around 1,300,000 troops with 3,600 tanks and 2,400 aircraft. The German offensive failed to break through Soviet lines, and the Soviet forces then launched their own counter offensive driving the Germans back even beyond the original start lines.

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Cry from the Deep: The Sinking of the Kursk, the Submarine Disaster That Riveted the World and Put the New Russia to the Ultimate Test

By Ramsey Flynn

Harper Perennial
Released: 2005-12-13
Paperback (320 pages)

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A gripping account of the disastrous Russian submarine explosion that killed the entire crew, devastated the Russian people, and defined Vladimir Putin's post–Cold War regime.

What were Russian officials thinking when they waited 48 hours to acknowledge their most prized submarine was in trouble? Why did they track the desperate tappings of an unknown number of trapped sailors without sending an international SOS? Why did they repeatedly decline international rescue offers while their own rescue equipment repeatedly failed to make any progress?

To a world community still mystified by deadly Russian deceits surrounding the Kursk submarine disaster, Ramsey Flynn's book uncovers the truth once and for all. Cry from the Deep has quickly become the definitive account of this pivotal moment in modern Russian history, as an angry Russian people – aided and abetted by a fledging independent media – openly clashed with Vladimir Putin and his new government's Soviet–era tactics of secrecy and deception.

Flynn's searing narrative also documents how western officials, in a practiced silence reminiscent of the Cold War era failed to notify their post–Soviet counterparts of the disaster, despite learning of the explosion hours before the Russians did.

Kursk Down: The Shocking True Story of the Sinking of a Russian Nuclear Submarine

By Clyde Burleson

Grand Central Publishing
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Kursk Down: The Shocking True Story of the Sinking of a Russian Nuclear Submarine
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The true story of the sinking of the Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000. Hailed as "unsinkable, " the "Kursk" was on maneuvers when mysterious explosions rocked the sub, causing it to sink to the bottom of the sea with its 118-man crew. This in-depth look at the disaster reveals previously unreleased information from family members of the deceased as well as from government officials.


 
 
 

 
 
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