The German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, began a
war that lasted nearly four years and created by far the bloodiest
theater in World War II. In the conventional narrative of this war,
Hitler was defeated by Stalin because, like Napoleon, he
underestimated the size and resources of his enemy. In fact, says
historian John Mosier, Hitler came very close to winning and lost
only because of the intervention of the western Allies.... more...