Operation Barbarossa Photographs: Why Did Operation Barbarossa Failed
32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa

32 Photographs of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa

Jacob Miller - July 12, 2017

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 They retreated from the Ukraine through December 1943, when the badly mauled SS Panzer Divisions were withdrawn to the West for rest and rebuilding.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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