On June 22, 1941, the largest invasion in history. would commence in Eastern Europe. Over 3.9million German troops, 600,000 motor vehicles, and 700,000 horses. At that time, the unbeatable German war machine turned its engines toward Soviet Russia, the unconquerable land. The result would be a turning point in the war, and a major setback for Hitlers conquest of Soviet Russia. This is Operation Barbarossa.
It was August, and the Allies from the Normandy beachheads have managed to secure beachheads and pushed inland, securing the towns of St. Lo, Caen, and Cherbourg. Another invasion force from the south pushed northward to link up with the Normandy forces. The result of “Hitler’s Last Gasp Attack” had caused to the Allies to gain a decisive victory. This is the Falaise Gap.
Exactly 68 years ago, the largest amphibious invasion took place on June 6th, 1944. 150,000 American, British, and Canadian troops landed on five different beaches in Northern France. This is Operation Overlord.
On this day in 1945, the entire world celebrated as Alfred Jodl, the secretary of Hitler, signed the unconditional surrender treaty, ending the War on the Western Front. The Soviet Red Army suffered tremendous casualties, but Berlin was theirs. This is the Battle of Berlin and VE Day.
On the day of August 24, 1942, two armies clashed in one of the largest and bloodiest battles in WWII. The German 6th Army attacked two Soviet Armies at the city of Stalingrad. Six monthes of bloody fighting for one city, almost 2 million casualties of men and equipment, and one ruined city. This is the Battle of Stalingrad. Continue reading
On the morning of July 5, Army Group Center surged across to try to close the Kursk salient by trapping it with a two prong assault. The resulting battle would be the largest tank battle in history, second only to the Falaise Gap. Continue reading