Hitler made good and bad decisions when going to war with the rest of Europe. One of the biggest mistakes Operation Barbarossa. The operation was the invasion of Russia. Opening up two fronts in any war is a poor choice but this was more than just a nation opening two fronts. History may teach others how to learn from past events. However, Hitler did not make the comparison or just was to confident. Napoleon tried the same move and failed. Since Hitler read a lot about history, a person would have thought that he would have looked at this option and never try it. It is even more stupid how Germany went into Russia with no winter clothing and weapons. The winter is the best defense Russia had in its arsenal. After the Battle of Stalingrad the tide turned against Germany. Another problem was going to Russia before closing off the western front. Now Hitler was being choked by the naval blockade of Britain and being rushed by the Russians in 1942 and beyond. Hitler’s army was stopped before Stalingrad, St Petersburg, and Moscow. A third variable is the vast number of Russia’s population. The Russian army outnumbered the Germans. The Germans had 180 Infantry divisions and Russia had 160 infantry divisions plus an additional 300 infantry divisions made when Germany invaded^1. Russia suffered more casualties but since they had the numbers it did not matter. The video clip shows the use of Russian soldiers^2. They simply replaced them. In 1942, Russia began to push back the German war machine because of the lack of winter gear, being vastly outnumbered, and overconfidence.
^1. Spielvogel, Jackson J., and David Redles. Hitler and Nazi Germany. New York, NY:
Pearson, 2014. p. 207.
^2. Movieclips, ed. “Enemy at the Gates.” Youtube. Last modified May 23, 2012.
Accessed October 29, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ3bzg-Tvt4.