Netanyahu noted that this week marked the 78th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, known as Operation Barbarossa
when the "Russian people were attacked in the most formidable and cruel way by the Nazis."
78 YEARS AGO (1941) German forces invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa
, which comprised a force of three million men.
called it back for extensive use, but the tide began to turn on the Stuka as a dive bomber, and it was modified to be a ground attack aircraft--notably a tank killer.
He points out that the Germans' Operation Barbarossa
was a strikingly ragtag effort dependent on horses.
1941: Operation Barbarossa
began, as the German Army invaded Russia.
Stalin felt the warning that Sorge (along with other secret Soviet informants) gave of Operation Barbarossa
, the impending German attack on the USSR, was based on British disinformation aimed at breaking the Nazi-Soviet alliance.
Hanebrink explains how the Nazis rationalized Operation Barbarossa
as "a preventive war that would destroy the Judeo-Bolshevik system before the enemy--a racialideological composite of Jews, Communists, and subhuman Slavs always labeled Asiatic and un-European--could impose a cruel reign of terror on Germany and all of Europe" (p.
Adolf Hitler - and it is only fair to assume here that the Fuhrer must have been acquainted with French history - embarked upon his venture so close to his heart, Operation Barbarossa
, in June 1941.
Thus, after Operation Barbarossa
faltered and the United States entered the war, neither Hitler nor his military advisors had the foggiest notion of how to proceed.
They had rolled over Western Europe in weeks and stood poised to execute Operation Barbarossa
, the largest military invasion in human history.
He was among the first line of Soviet infantrymen to witness the brutalities of the German Wehrmacht when operation Barbarossa
(the German invasion of the Russian homeland) began.