Op Barbarossa

The war in the European theatre and the rest of the world was being won by Hitler and Nazi Germany and seemed all but over for the remaining free countries. The Soviet Union, being one, was the next target for Hitler and his ever-growing nation. Knowing all to well that an invasion of The Soviet Union would open another front to fight on for Germany; possibly a war it could not win as seen in past attempts such as that of Napoleon. The name of the Operation for the invasion of The Soviet Union was Barbarossa and besides a few criticisms at the time the operation was expected to be a huge success by the Germans. The operation called for a huge force comprised of all branches of the German military that would over take Soviet forces by sheer force and speed. In order to properly portray the effect this Operation had on the war a carful look into the strategies used by both nations along with an understanding of both governments and what they did from a political standpoint to shift the power in their favor. To do this an examination of individual battles, along with changes in the operation itself will need to be done to have a better grasp of what mistakes were made. Also the responses the respective governments make to certain outcomes and what they do to resolve them will play a huge part in the war at large. As is known in history Hitler ultimately losses the war with Stalin and the Soviet Union which greatly contributed to his loss of the entire war on a global scale. To many Hitler losing his battle with The Soviet Union was seen as the turning point in the war, hence leading to the statement that “Operation: Barbarossa marked the beginning of the end for Hitler’s campaign in the Soviet Union and the rest of the European theatre.”

1. Fugate, Bryan. Operation Barbarossa Strategy and Tactics On The Eastern Front, 1941. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1984.

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