Operation Citadel was the name of the German Offensive that opened the immense Battle of Kursk in 1943. This weekend we look back on the events of one of the most famous tank clashes in history, whilst enjoying bonuses in-game!
X3 Crew Experience
Get your crew out of their bunks in the barracks and doing some work! They’ll learn faster this weekend.
Medal Hunt: Top Gun
Think you’re the best shot on your team? Win the Top Gun medal by eliminating more enemies than anyone else in the battle (at least 6) and earn an extra 25,000 credits! This bonus will be automatically credited to your account when you receive the medal.
30% additional credits with the following vehicles:
|VII||Pz.Kpfw. V Panther|
|VII||Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger|
60% additional credits with the following vehicles:
[Update] 50% Gold Discount for premium vehicle: Churchill III Tier 5 Soviet Heavy Tank
Mission: Strike Them Down!
We have a mission for you this weekend, commanders! For every random battle you play, if you are one of the top three damage dealers on your team (whether your teams wins or loses), you’ll be rewarded with 30% extra credits!
50% off Garage Slots
Want some new tanks but have no space for them? Buy a few more slots this weekend for half the price!
50% off Crew Skill Reset
Perhaps you want your crew to try some new tactics? Reset their skills for less whether spending gold or credits!
50% off Crew (Re-)Training
Got a new tank and need an experienced crew? Retrain them for half the usual cost whether spending credits or gold!
You can enjoy these bonuses in game from Saturday 6th July 07:10 CEST (GMT +2) until Tuesday 9th July 07:00 CEST.
After defeat in the Battle of Stalingrad, the Germans were desperate for victory on the Eastern Front. Operation Citadel was the name of their attempt to get back on the offensive.
After the battle of Stalingrad, a huge bulge in the German lines, called the Kursk Salient had been created. Within this bulge was a powerful concentration of Soviet forces. The Germans sought to eliminate this bulge to shorten their lines and to demonstrate the might of their forces to the Soviets.
The preparations and planning for this offensive were immense. The German troops were equipped with huge quantities of new equipment including Tiger and Panther tanks, and the strategic planning went on for a good four months.
In theory, it was to be a complete secret and surprise operation, but it turned out to be one of the least-kept secrets of the war. The Soviets were easily able to tell what the Germans were up to and planned two counteroffensives called Operation Kutozov and Operation Polovodets Rumyantsev to fight back.
The result was the opening of the Battle of Kursk on the 4th July 1943, and it was to continue through July and August. During this time, the single event deemed ‘the greatest tank battle in history’ took place on the fields of Prokhorovka on July 12th, in which 1,500 tanks were involved.
Despite the meticulous planning by the Germans, they were unable to make any progress in breaking the Soviet lines and sustained very heavy losses, mainly because of the superiority of the Soviet forces. Over the two month period, the German Army sustained huge losses in men and equipment. Operation Citadel ended up being the last major offensive they launched in Russia, and until the end of the war they remained on the defensive.
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|Tank of the Month
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|Big and Heavy
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|Random Draw Special
||30-50% discount and 50% bonus crew experience on the tech tree branch leading up to and including the Soviet KV-3
Of course, Prokhorovka in honoured in World of Tanks as one of the most popular maps! Will you be re-enacting the greatest tank battle in history this weekend, commanders?