Operation Barbarossa Essay

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Operation Barbarossa

“Operation Barbarossa”

On June 22, 1941 Operation Barbarossa took the Soviets by surprise. By blitzkrieg tactics,
the three million Germans strong force struck deep into Russia, capturing whole Russian
armies. Though expecting the raid, Russian president, Josef Stalin, was forced to
sacrifice huge numbers of troops to stop the Germans' approach. The Germans were quick in
forcing Russia to surrender due to the harsh conditions of the approaching Russian winter.

Operation Babarossa was the codename used for the invasion of the Soviet Union by Hitler
and his men. While only 3 million German soldiers entered in the raid, 5 million died in
total, when it was all over. This figure is minuscule if compared to the 20 million
Russians that lost their lives. Operation Babarossa was also the largest war fought during
World War II, and also the bloodiest.

Josef Stalin the current leader of Russia was surprised even though he new the raid was
coming. Even though the German’s got the drop on Russia, Russia possessed an inhospitable
climate, a vast area, and tremendous manpower reserves. Hitler said this to one of his
generals, "We have only to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come
crashing down," but shortly later he also stated, "At the beginning of each campaign one
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