The Kursk campain was a dashing defeat for the German Armed Forces, and it was played exactly according to the Soviet music. Prokhorovka was one of the multiple encounters within that campaign, and derives its fame mainly from that awful book 'The Tigers Are Burning' by Martin Caindin. As a matter of fact Prokhorovka happened mainly because SS IInd PzKorps had already found the route to Kursk itself unassailably blocked, and had already veered off course to the right. Zitadelle idea was based on a pincer manouvre, but to have a pincer you need two jaws. In this case the Northern Jaw (Model's 9th Armee) had already failed in it's mission, and the Southern jaw was grinding with not really much to show. All this set the stage magnificently well for the series of three offensives the Red Army had prepared BEFOREHAND, that is : 1 - the Mius diverting offensive down south 2 - Operation Kutuzov by three Fronts against the failed 9th Armee 3 - Operation Rumyantsev by 2 Fronts against 4th Pz Armee and ArmAbt Kempf Outcomes: 1 - This one diverted a weakened SS IInd PzKorps from 4th Pz Armee, after Prokhorovka, and after haing SS Leibstandarte removed to Italy. 2 - smashed 9th Armee, recovering Orel and approaching Vyazma. 3 - reeled back these German forces conquering back Belgorod and Kharkov for the last time, and setting the stage for the recovery of Kiev soon afterwards After the Zitadelle fiasco the Germans were no longer able to mount any other coherent offensive at operational level, they lost the initiative entirely. Whatever bigger surprises they managed to mount later (Bulge, Lake Balaton) had no momentum behind them, they had shot their bolt already at Zitadelle and lost. The Germans were betting on a victory, the Soviets were waging war on a professional manner, ammassing the proper means and learning from experience to change their methods into a winning strategy. The Soviets were getting better and better at it as time went on, while the Germans were learning the wrong lessons and forgetting the right ones. Whatever pretty colours you want to paint the Germans with, the end result was this: Martin Caindin =the Karl May of WW II Kursk a dashing defeat for the Germans ? Maybe exagerated . Citadelle was not that important ,even if the Germans had won,the Russians would have started their attacks on Orel,........And Prokhorova : without any importance.