Map of Operation Barbarossa, showing the direction of German attacks and the major pockets of Russian troops surrounded by blitzkrieg breakthroughs between June and December 1941.  Military History Monthly Battle Maps.

Map of Operation Barbarossa, showing the direction of German attacks and the major pockets of Russian troops surrounded by blitzkrieg breakthroughs between June and December 1941. Military History Monthly Battle Maps.

JUNE 22, 1941: Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, began. image: Operation Barbarossa - Graphic of the Day | The Knowledge Effect

JUNE 22, 1941: Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, began. image: Operation Barbarossa - Graphic of the Day | The Knowledge Effect

"Operation Barbarossa was not merely a military operation, but also a planned economic program expected to encompass the deaths of tens of millions of people through starvation from forced seizure of supplies to feed the Wehrmacht, an objective which it partially obtained." (Max Hastings) Operation Barbarossa, 1941

"Operation Barbarossa was not merely a military operation, but also a planned economic program expected to encompass the deaths of tens of millions of people through starvation from forced seizure of supplies to feed the Wehrmacht, an objective which it partially obtained." (Max Hastings) Operation Barbarossa, 1941

Portrait of a Totenkopf Division soldier in the battlefield during Operation Barbarossa in 1941.

Portrait of a Totenkopf Division soldier in the battlefield during Operation Barbarossa in 1941.

SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Kurt Meyer (Summer 1941). Nicknamed "Panzer Meyer" (1910-1961), he served as an officer in the Waffen-SS during the World War II. He saw action in the invasion of France, Operation Barbarossa, and the Battle of Normandy. After the war, he was put on trial for war crimes relating to the shooting of Allied prisoners in Normandy, for which he was sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He petitioned for clemency and was released in 1954.

SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Kurt Meyer (Summer 1941). Nicknamed "Panzer Meyer" (1910-1961), he served as an officer in the Waffen-SS during the World War II. He saw action in the invasion of France, Operation Barbarossa, and the Battle of Normandy. After the war, he was put on trial for war crimes relating to the shooting of Allied prisoners in Normandy, for which he was sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He petitioned for clemency and was released in 1954.

When the Soviet Union was invaded during Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the Russian forces suffered heavy losses in men, material and tanks. Great Britain now no longer stood alone and found an…

When the Soviet Union was invaded during Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the Russian forces suffered heavy losses in men, material and tanks. Great Britain now no longer stood alone and found an…

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