I’m currently reading ‘The Third Reich in Power’ by Richard J. Evans and one section made me raise my eyebrow. The author states that the myth of a titanic battle between German and Soviet tanks is a myth, and more than it never happened it was actually a cover-up to hide enormous Soviet losses.
Evans states that as a Soviet reinforcement of hundreds of tanks approached the German positions around Prokhorovka they ended up falling into a massive tank trap that had been dug earlier, the mostly drunk drivers panicked and caused a pile up where the Germans picked them off with ease at a loss of only three German tanks to about two-hundred Soviet tanks.
Stalin was initially furious but he tacitly agreed to a cover-up because he was the one that had demanded the reinforcements to be sent. So a military debacle was turned into a mythical glorious victory.
Its the first time I ever read that, what is the current state of generally accepted opinion on the subject?