Sunday, June 22, 1941: three million German soldiers
invaded the Soviet Union as part of Hitler’s long-planned Operation
Barbarossa, which aimed to destroy the Soviet Union, secure its
land as lebensraum
for the Third Reich, and enslave its Slavic population. From
launching points in newly acquired Poland, in three prongs—North,
Central, South—German forces stormed western Russia, virtually from
the Baltic to the Black Sea. By late fall, the... more...