I'll take a look at this later, but the Glantz/House re-telling is not based largely on the German but both and including Soviet sources- they have their own interpretation of what happened as I have just posted.
In the past, I have read the Balck/Mellanthin memoir accounts and the Balck interview by the US Army. It was difficult getting Balck there in the first place and if you read behind the lines, the US officers were appealing to their big egos, and goading the two generals to talk & expand on their POV by talking to them like they were rockstars.
Originally Posted by Artyom_A
Who is RN?
The episode is just a pure example of an event blown out of proportion in German accounts. While depicted as an epic panzer battle it was in fact an indecisive engagement with a moderate losses on the Soviet side. It appears that the 1 TC which didn't really recover from "Uranus" had in fact less operational tanks than the German 11 PzD had.
It is mentioned that 1 TC received a large pool of reinforcement armor- something like 100 tanks after its losses from Uranus. Also, damaged armor must have been repaired.
I might take a look at this later but really I'm not that into the Chir battle. Between the two German thrusts, the LVII PzK's effort is more interesting.
What is also interesting is the not well known complement to Little Saturn: The also large Tormosin and Kotel'nikovskii offensives, which involved huge numbers of armor as well.
Our RN Armstrong helped Glantz/House.