Although the German offensive
at Kursk was probably a strategic fool's paradise
, with little hope of causing the defeat of the Soviet Union
even if the Germans had won, Adolf Hitler
ensured a German defeat by critically weakening the force at the last moment.
As Western Allies
had recently forced the Wehrmacht
out of Africa
, and were busy conquering Sicily
, the people of Italy
developed a sudden case of war fatigue.
leader Benito Mussolini
was deposed on July 25
. Hitler pulled a large number of German troops from the Kursk offensive to reinforce German positions in Italy.
Left to fight in their place were Axis
troops from Hungary
. These troops were less-experienced and less willing to die for the glory of a fictitious Aryan
race they wouldn't have belonged to anyway.
Note: Most of this information comes from History Channel documentaries. I can find little on the Web to back it up.