If you consider how many men the Red Army could mobilize you realize it was not bad luck. For instance Zitadelle is my favourite example. The Kursk phase was the main phase for Germans. For the Red Army, it was phase 1 only. After which the Red Army started massive pincer operations from both sides of the Kursk area and pushed the Germans backwards several hundred kilometers. Battle of Smolensk (1943) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hitler believed that whatever happens in Kursk the losses will be such that the Red Army will have to postpone until spring or summer 1944 its next operations. Once again Hitler was wrong about the Red Army reserve situation.