2. The Germans hoped to reach the town of Kursk, which was the center of a bulge in the eastern Front and then to surround and cut off many Soviet Divisions.
3. Hitler and his senior generals hoped that by inflicting a heavy defeat on Stalin that they would knock Russia out of the war. They believed that the Russians did not trust the western allies, especially when it came to the fact that the allies, despite promises had failed to open a ‘second front’.