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Operation Barbarossa

easy capture of Moscow, Leningrad, and the Caucasus, the planners of Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (High Command of the Armed Forces, or OKW) gave themselves less than 6 months to effectively destroy the Red Army, occupy European Russia, and halt Operation Barbarossa at the foothills of the Ural Mountains. In Hitler's view, this would secure for Germany all the living space, food, and mineral resources it would ever need, and would in effect constitute victory for the Reich in the Second World War. German...

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Evaluate the View That Operation Barbarossa Was the Major Turning Point of the European War.

Evaluate the view that Operation Barbarossa was the major turning point of the European War. As the European War progressed, early German advances and gains were decreasing by the mid-years of the war as it became evident the tide was turning against the Axis powers and in favour of the Allies. Operation Barbarossa and the entire Russian campaign can be seen as one significant turning point that helped to change the course of the war and yet it can be argued that this was not the sole and most...

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Why Germany Failed in the Battle of Barbarossa

Between June and December in 1941, German judgement inhibited achievement in Operational Barbarossa. Strategic indecision in a wider and more specific context was exacerbated by climatic conditions and a widening rift between the reality and the theory of the battle. The Blitzkrieg strategy that had defined German military capacity was inapplicable to the Russian situation in several contexts. Blitzkrieg was intended to avoid stagnant trench and linear warfare, it was intended to prevent enemy...

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Battle of Stalingrad

significant contributors. OPERATION BARBAROSSA: “When the attack on Russia starts the world will hold its breath.” Hitler (Trueman) A major event which ultimately led to the Battle of Stalingrad and a consequent Allied Victory was launched on the 22nd of June, 1941. It was Operation Barbarossa. Launched by Germany onto the Soviet Union, it is commonly believed that Operation Barbarossa was the largest military attack to occur within World War Two. Under Operation Barbarossa over 3 000 000 German...

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The Battle of Stalingrad

Stalingrad The Battle of Stalingrad was a key event of the conflict in Europe, 1939-45, which had a major effect on the outcome of the 2nd World War. For Adolf Hitler Stalingrad was important because it was to be the turning point in getting Operation Barbarossa back on track as the Germans went to control the resources in the Caucasus region. For the Russians, as a strategic centre Stalingrad was its third largest city and a major manufacturing facility, and as it was named after Russia’s leader...

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Chc2D Wwii Terms and Definitions

(May-June 1940). Operation Barbarossa – Code name for the surprise German attack on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, which broke the Soviet-Nazi Non-Aggression Pact and plunged the Soviet Union into World War II. Corvettes – A fast, lightly armed warship, smaller than a destroyer, often armed for antisubmarine operations. D-day – In the military, D-Day is to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II. However, many other invasions and operations had a designated D-Day...

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“Overlooked and Misunderstood: Putting Kursk in Perspective”

to note that Hitler committed the entire strategic reserve of the Eastern Front, leaving nothing to defend Germany from a Russian counterattack if Operation Citadel were to fail. “The Eastern Front” Sometime in 1940, Hitler had decided to attack Russia; this would open up a second front of war: The Eastern Front. Germany launched Operation Barbarossa in 1941, and enjoyed overwhelming success early on against Russian forces that were largely unprepared and under equipped, mainly due to Joseph Stalin...

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World War Ii Vocabulary

waiting for the French to attack and they equally did nothing 12. Luftwaffe—German term for “air force” 13. Operation Sea Lion—a plan made by Hitler to knock out the Royal Air Force and then to land 250,000 of his soldiers on England’s shores 14. Erwin Rommel—a general known as the “Desert Fox” sent by Hitler to Libya to command a newly formed tank cops, the Afrika Corps 15. Operation Barbarossa—Hitler’s plan to invade the Soviet Union with the use of tanks and aircraft in June 1941 16. Battle of...

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German Successes and Failures

Sentence #2 Reasons why the German army began to fail after includes Hitler’s poor leadership, as well as the higher intellenge of the Allies. Reason #1 and Reason #2 One of the Hitler’s biggest mistakes was not listening to his generals. For Operation Barbarossa, specifically Plan Blue, he split army group A and B. Group A went to the Old Fields in Baku and Group B went to Stalingrad and Bulge. Hitler should have listened to his generals and sent all the troops together to Stalingrad and perform Plan...

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One theory states that Von Rundstedt and Hitler agreed to conserve the armour for Fall Rot, an operation to the south. It is possible that the air force's closer ties than the army to the Nazi Party contributed to Hitler's approval of Göring's request. Another theory—which has recently been disputed—was that Hitler was still trying to establish diplomatic peace with Britain before Operation Barbarossa. Although von Rundstedt after the war stated his suspicions that Hitler wanted "to help the British"...

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