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.

The Army High Command’s Plan for Operation Barbarossa: Cartographic Illustration of the Planned Strategy and the Actual Strategy Implemented (1941)

The Army High Command’s Plan for Operation Barbarossa: Cartographic Illustration of the Planned Strategy and the Actual Strategy Implemented (1941)

Heinrich Himmler (left, in glasses), head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS, inspects a prisoner-of-war camp in this from 1941 in Russia

Heinrich Himmler (left, in glasses), head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS, inspects a prisoner-of-war camp in this from 1941 in Russia

German soldiers of the Großdeutschland Division, one of them equipped with a flamethrower, advance through field during Operation Barbarossa.

German soldiers of the Großdeutschland Division, one of them equipped with a flamethrower, advance through field during Operation Barbarossa.

The German Wehrmacht had it relatively easy when the Soviet Union was invaded during Operation Barbarossa in 1941— until they came up against the Russian T

The German Wehrmacht had it relatively easy when the Soviet Union was invaded during Operation Barbarossa in 1941— until they came up against the Russian T

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