32 Photographs of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa

32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa

Jacob Miller - July 12, 2017

Operation Barbarossa was the code name for the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, starting June 22, 1941. The Nazi’s plan was to conquer the western Soviet Union so that it could be populated by Germans, use Slavs as slave labor, seize the oil from the Caucus region, and utilize the Soviet agricultural resources.

Operation Barbarossa was the largest invasion in the history of warfare. Four million Nazis invaded the Soviet Union along an 1,800-mile front. The Nazis utilized 600,000 motor vehicles, and between 600,000-700,000 horses.

The Nazi operation had initial success, occupying most of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. The Nazis were halted by the Battle of Moscow and the Soviet winter counteroffensive effectively pushed the front line west. The failure of Operation Barbarossa forced Hitler to narrow his scope of attempted Soviet invasion into Case Blue and Operation Citadel in 1943.

Case Blue (German: Fall Blau) was the Nazi summer offensive in 1942 aimed to cross the Caucasus Mountains and reach the Baku oil fields as well as gaining control of the Volga River. Eventually the Nazis were defeated in Stalingrad and had to retreat from the Caucus region. Operation Citadel was the second half of the summer offensive. This offensive, near Kursk (280 miles southwest of Moscow), lead to the largest battle utilizing armored vehicles in history, the Battle of Prokhorovka. It was the final strategic attack the Nazis would be able to muster in the Soviet Union.

The failure of Operation Barbarossa was a major turning point in World War II. The Eastern Front produced the highest casualties for both the Nazis and the Soviets. The Nazis captured 5,000,000 Soviet troops. The Nazis deliberately starved, or otherwise killed, 3.3 million Soviet POW as well as a huge number of civilians. The Hunger Plan was an engineered famine created by seizing Soviet food to feed the Nazi soldiers. The Hunger Plan and the military operation anticipated 20 to 30 million Soviet casualties.

32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
1st Panzer Group after the Battle of Brody. June 30 1941. paradoxplaza
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
A road overcrowded with Nazis, 1941. Tumblr
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Army Group North enter pine grove near Leningrad. October 194. Gebauer
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
The invasion, 1941. Pinterest
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
German armored fighting vehicle Sd.Kfz.251 in a city in Latvia. June 1941. warhistoryonline
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
German Cavalry in village burning village, near Mohylev, 16th July 1941. warhistoryonline
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
German soldiers man an MG 34. Pinterest
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Russian men and women rescue their humble belongings from their burning homes. The Atlantic
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
German Soldiers inspecting the so-called ‘Stalin Line’, which was a line of fortifications on Polish-Soviet border. Tumblr
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
German soldiers shoot the Soviet positions on the other side of Dniepr River with anti-tank gun PaK 36. 20th September 194. Wikipedia
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Latvians welcoming Wehrmacht soldiers in Riga. 7 July 1941. Wikipedia
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
This is a nice reproduction of an original photograph showing German troops and armor on the Russian front. Pinterest
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union (‘Operation Barbarossa’)- German soldier is guarding captured Soviet soldiers after the Battle of Uman : Ukraine- August : September 1941- photographer- Arthur Grimm. Getty
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Stuck in the mire. Napoleon faced the same challenges when invading Russia. warhistoryonline
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Nazi truck stuck in the mud. ok.ru
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Wehrmacht builds floating bridge in Kiev. September 1941. warhistoryonline
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Wehrmacht crossing the border of the USSR at the beginning of the Operation Barbarossa. warhistoryonline
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
German Panzer PzKpfw IVs 424 and 431 wait further instructions Operation Barbarossa. Asisbiz
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
12. Panzer Division enters Minsk. June 1941. Tumblr

32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Soviet infantry of the 5th Guards Tank Army accompanies T-34/76 tanks under fire during the Battle of Prokhorovka. The largest tank battle in history, the Battle of Prokhorovka is often misunderstood in the West due to inaccurate and ribald accounts of massive tank-to-tank encounters, claiming the lighter T-34/76 ran rings around the heavy German Tiger tanks. Both sides were armed with their own advanced tanks, but large numbers of Panzerkampfwagen IIIs were operated by the Germans, and T-70 light tanks by the Red Army. The T-34/76 lacked the firepower to deal with the Tigers except with shots to the rear engine compartment, which was more lightly armored. The 2nd SS Panzer Corps, opposing the 5th Guards had no Panther tanks and only twenty-five Tigers. The Germans could only field three hundred armored vehicles. Expecting lightly armed anti-tank guns and the end of the Red Army reserves after the Battle of Kursk, instead the Germans encountered almost a thousand Soviet armored vehicles. While the 5th Guards Army suffered heavy casualties and lost many tanks, the psychological impact of Soviet armor continuing to offer stiff resistance was demoralizing to the Germans. The 2nd SS Panzer Corps was able to extricate their men from the Battle, resulting in a tactical draw, but the collapse of the Ukrainian Front left the Germans in disarray. They retreated from the Ukraine through December 1943, when the badly mauled SS Panzer Divisions were withdrawn to the West for rest and rebuilding. Date Estimated. WWII Multimedia Database
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
12. Panzer Division enters Minsk. June 1941. Wikipedia
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
SS-Obersturmführer medic from Leibstandarte Division prepare to treat a wounded man on the battlefield during Operation Barbarossa. Pinterest
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Destroyed MiG-3 on bombed soviet airfield near Białystok, PL. warhistoryonline
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Destroyed MiG-3 during Operation Barbarossa. Notice the cows. warhistoryonline
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
1941. An estimated 650,000 soviet troops were caught at Vyazma and Bryansk. AP
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Soviet soldiers in the winter. Russia Insider
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Soviet POWs near Charkov. 1941. Wikipedia
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Column of Soviet POWs on the street of Minsk. 2nd July 1941. Wikipedia
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Soviet soldiers from units of Leningrad Front along with masked artillery cannon during fights on Leningrad suburbs. 1st November, 1941. warhistoryonline
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
Soviet POWs, captured in summer, 1941. warhistoryonline
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa
The failure of Operation Barbarossa was largely due to the German troops being unprepared for the harsh Soviet winters. Pinterest

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