OPERATION BARBAROSSA REVISITED

"Russia is a country that is easy to get into, but very difficult to get out of."

                                                                                                                                - Antonie-Henri Jomini, Swiss military analyst

On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany invaded Soviet Russia in what was to be the most devastating theater in the most devastating war in human history. Operation Barbarossa, codenamed after a Teutonic knight who himself had carved out an empire in the east, was to be the cause of Hitler's downfall. This project documents the war from the time the first shots were fired to the time the Red flag was raised over the Reichstag.

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

1. Introduction

2. Why I did the project (not included)

3. Acknowledgements

4. Contents Page

5. Voices of Barbarossa

6. German--Soviet Relations 1939--1941

PART TWO: THE FACTS SURROUNDING OPERATION BARBAROSSA, 1941-1945

June 22 - July 30, 1941

7.1 - Chapter One to Four

I. Prelude

II. The Germany that struck--economy and military compared with the USSR's.

III. June 22 1941

IV. The German advance into Russia (June 23 to July 30)

August - September 1941

7.2 - Chapter Five and Six

V. Leningrad--"digging a grave for Fascism" (whole of 1941)

VI. The fall of Kiev -- "we can grow anything in that country" (Sep. 41)

October - December 1941

7.3 - Chapter Seven to Nine

VII. A German Typhoon batters Moscow--but freezes (Oct-Dec 1941)

VIII. The Germans in retreat

IX. 1941 ends

December 1941 - June 1942

7.4 - Chapter Ten to Twelve

X. The USA and Japan enter the war-- "We have an ally who has not been vanquished for three thousand years." (Hitler)

XI. The German advance into the Caucasus (Spring 1942)

XII. The advance continues (Summer 1942)

July 1942 - December 1942

7.5 - Chapter Thirteen to Fifteen

XIII. Stalingrad-- bitter retreat of the USSR (Autumn 1942)

XIV. Stalingrad continued--"where Germany played her last trump and lost"(Winter 1942-3)

XV. The German retreat (1942)

January 1943 - June 1944

7.6 - Chapter Sixteen to Eighteen

XVI. Silence on the Eastern Front (Jan-Jun 1943)

XVII. Kursk--the clash of steel (Jul 1943)

XVIII. The liberation of Russia proper (1943-1944)

June 1944 - May 1945

7.7 - Chapter Nineteen to Twenty Three

XIX. Bagration (Autumn 1944)

XX. The Balkans change hands (Autumn 1944)

XXI. Striking the Reich's heart

XXII. Extinction (1945)

XXIII. Aftermath (1946 onwards)

PART THREE: A CLOSER STUDY OF THE FACTS

8. Directive 34: Justified?

9. Leningrad versus Sevastopol

10. The Turning Point of the War

11. What if?

12. Why did the Soviet Union win the war?

13. The role of the Luftwaffe in the Eastern campaign

PART FOUR: AFTERWORD, LITERATURE AND REFERENCE

14. Literature and Operation Barbarossa (Animal Farm)

15. Afterword

16. Bibliography (incl. as footnotes already)

17. Appendix

a. German Soviet Non-Aggression Pact (1939)

b. Barbarossa Directive #21 (1940)

c. German Declaration of War (1941)

d. Order of the Day 227: Not a step back! (1942)

e. Goebbels' speech: Nation, Rise Up, and Let the Storm Break Loose (1943)

f. Hitler's last will (1945) Not Included

g. Putin's VE day speech (2001) Not Included

h. Treaty of Versailles (1919) [Not included in the hardcopy]

18. Addendum ... Not included

PART FIVE: EXTERNAL LINKS

 

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The author is currently serving his National Service in the Singapore army in the 3rd Transport Battalion. He did this project when he was 13. Comments, criticism, and corrections are all welcome. Contact email: weiwen_sg@yahoo.co.uk

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