Prokhorovka! depicts combat around Oktyabrskii State Farm and Hill 252.2 between the Germans and the Russians. These battles took place in the so called “Tank Fields”, southwest of Prokhorovka town, on the 10th, 11th and 12th of July 1943, during the Battle of Kursk.
Operation Citadel had begun, but instead of the desired lightning breakthrough, fighting had taken on the characteristics of World War I trench warfare. In four days of grueling combat, the XLI Panzer Corps had managed to penetrate the defenses of the Soviet 13th Army to only a depth of five miles.