The Invasion of the Soviet Union
Operation Barbarossa, or better known as the Nazi Germany invasion of the Soviet Union took place on June 22nd, 1941. The tactics in invading the Soviet Union was justified by the Nazis quest for power, Hitler believed that his growing race of Aryans would need space, therefore the Soviet Union would be suitable. The Nazi’s also believed that the Soviet Union would fall easily, and they were also driven by their need to exterminate the Jews that lived there. Hitler anticipated that the Soviet Union would fall easily, that his soldiers would be home by September, but in the end he was wrong. Hitler was pinned up against Stalin, a man in which he hated due to his communist ideals and government policy’s. Pinning two totalitarian regimes up against one another, in which neither flinched, nor backed down. Prior to the beginning of Operation Barbarossa, Hitler had signed a German-Soviet nonaggression pact in which concluded that neither country would go to war with one another during World War Two.
Operation Barbarossa began with over three million German soldiers, as well as soldiers from Finland and Romania invaded the Soviet Union. Behind the soldiers Security Police and Security Service, Sicherheitsdienst, was placed, in order to secure the battle grounds for German soldiers, to protect them from being physically ambushed by Jews or communists. Originally, the Germans over powered the Soviets, proving that they would be able to return in less than six weeks, but as the Soviet’s army gained power, the stalemate on the eastern front began. German soldiers would later freeze to death due to the cold, bitter winters, Operation Barbarossa was only the beginning to a long four years ahead.
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