22 June 1941

First I would like to apologize this post is a day late because of TS Cindy….it made my internet a bit spotty at times and I missed posting this on the anniversary day.

As most readers know I like history and I try to impart as much as I can when I can…….

This is the 76th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa….where Germany attacks the Soviet Union

On June 22, 1941, Adolf Hitler launched his armies eastward in a massive invasion of the Soviet Union: three great army groups with over three million German soldiers, 150 divisions, and three thousand tanks smashed across the frontier into Soviet territory. The invasion covered a front from the North Cape to the Black Sea, a distance of two thousand miles. By this point German combat effectiveness had reached its apogee; in training, doctrine, and fighting ability, the forces invading Russia represented the finest army to fight in the twentieth century. Barbarossa was the crucial turning point in World War II, for its failure forced Nazi Germany to fight a two-front war against a coalition possessing immensely superior resources.

Source: Operation Barbarossa – World War II – HISTORY.com

The USSR was caught flat footed which allow the Nazis a upper hand for awhile….

Russia has declassified some documents about that invasion…..(I must insert here that this could be a whitewash since they date back to 1952)

In 1952, the Soviet General Staff gathered a task force in its military science and history directorate, headed by Colonel-General Aleksandr Pokrovsky. Their task was to collect data, including eyewitness accounts, on the state of the Red Army shortly before and in the first part of the war with the Nazis.

As part of the study, Pokrovsky gathered accounts from surviving officers, who were in charge of the three western military districts and responsible for protecting the border. Among the five questions he asked for were details of how the Soviet armed forces prepared for a looming Nazi attack, how they responded to it, and whether or not the staff maintained control over the troops during the first frantic days of fighting.

Source: Russian MoD declassifies docs on Soviet Union’s preparedness for 1941 Nazi invasion — RT News

The documents are interesting but you will need a translation widget.

There is more this from a US site……

The German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 was one of the pivotal events of the 20th century. It transformed the Second World War and led, perhaps inevitably, to the Cold War and the half-century domination of Eastern Europe by the Soviet Union. It was, furthermore, one of the most brutal campaigns of modern times, bringing unspeakable atrocities and the near-annihilation of whole nationalities. The Nazis probably bear the principal responsibility for the character of the campaign, but the Soviet regime must shoulder some of the blame.

Source: What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa — Central Intelligence Agency

Source: 8 Things You Should Know About WWII’s Eastern Front – History Lists

A fascinating slice of 20th century history……enjoy


15 thoughts on “22 June 1941

  1. The war on the Russian front has long fascinated me. The sheer number of casualties suffered by the Russians (civilian and military) is almost impossible to comprehend. Just in the fighting for Berlin alone, the Russians had almost as many casualties as Britain did throughout the entire war.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I find it unbelievable…..Hitler learned nothing from Napoleon…Russia had 2 amazing generals….general January and February….chuq

  2. Chug, for anyone who has an interest in Europe, WWII and the Cold War–and what that means today–a really, really great read is “Flashpoints”, by George Friedman. Mr. Friedman is the Founder and Chairman of Stratfor, arguably the most important Geopolitical Intelligence Organization.

    1. You mentions Stratfor…if you follow them maybe you have seen their latest overview….

      Source: Stratfor Worldview’s 2017 Third-Quarter Forecast | RealClearDefense

      Have a good day….chuq

      1. TKS, I don’t follow them. I had just run across it, when I read Flashpoints. Rather, like some other trusted sights, I go to them when the need arise. For instance, when Trumpie has Donnie, Jr, Eric and Jared enlist. Oh No, Mr. Billll…

  3. Ah yes, the craziness and the eventual downfall of the third reich. If you have a few hours to spare (okay, about 6), there’s a 4-part podcast series by Dan Carlin called “Ghosts of the Ostfront.” They’re so good I’ve got a bunch of the books he referenced on my wishlist (hard time finding them, though), and even used the info in my thesis. Great info…Also the BBC 3-part documentary series “when hitler fought stalin.” Lots of great info in that, too.

    I am a bit of a WW2 buff, and it’s crazy how much we can still learn even with the thousands of books on the war and the world at the time. But let’s face it–this event was a doozy!

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