Here is the next What if/Could it? thread, I have a few more ready to go after this, but most, but not all involve WWII, so I am fully open to suggestions for topics, as long as they don't involve WWII, as I would like to move beyond that war soon. However, the next two I have I think are fresh and could be very enjoyable
Operation Zitadelle (Citadel), was the German plan for the Summer Offensive in 1943 against the Kursk Salient in the Soviet Union, which would become the legendary Battle Of Kursk: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kursk
The plan, to put it simply, involved a massive German armored pincer involving forces from Army Group Center in the North and Army Group South in the South with the purpose of capturing the City of Kursk, and thereby cutting off and destroying all Soviet forces west of the City. Here is a map to illustrate this:
The hope, in theory, was that the destruction of these large soviet formations would shatter the momentum the Red Army had after the Stalingrad Counter Offensives, and give the strategic initiative in the East back to Germany.
We all know that this plan failed with the pincers not getting anywhere near Kursk, and resulting in the largest clash of Armored Vehicles in the history of warfare, and the Wehrmacht losing its offensive power in the East permanently.
I will not go into details of the reasons for failure now, as no doubt the first few responders will detail them
My question this time is:
"Could Operation Zitadelle have succeeded in taking the City of Kursk? If so, what could Germany have realistically gained by destroying Soviet formations of that size?"
As customary, I will not share my opinion now, but I will say that im pretty sure we can all agree that by this point in the war, there was no way Germany could have genuinely defeated the Soviet Union, so we will not consider that possibility.
Unless, of course, popular demand convinces me otherwise
"we have officially entered into pre-whinning about our games."- CogreI will always respect differing opinions on here, so long as they are presented maturely and in a civil manner
"No Battleplan ever survives contact with the enemy"- Helmuth Von Moltke the Elder
The WWI Thread: https://forums.totalwar.com/discussion/30914/why-a-world-war-i-themed-total-war/p1
I'm skipping TW: Warhammer