Operation Barbarossa 75th Anniversary Trip: Poland, Kaliningrad (Konigsberg, former East Prussia), Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia & Russia
23-28 June 2016, £1199 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Sold Out!
Operation Barbarossa (German: Unternehmen Barbarossa) was the code name for Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II, which began on 22 June 1941. The operation was driven by Adolf Hitler’s ideological desire to conquer Soviet territory as outlined in his 1925 manifesto Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”). About four million soldiers of the Axis powers invaded the Soviet Union along a 2,900-kilometer (1,800 mi) front, the largest invasion force in the history of warfare. In addition to troops, the Germans employed some 600,000 motor vehicles and between 600,000 and 700,000 horses. It marked the beginning of the rapid escalation of the war, both geographically and in the formation of the Allied coalition.
Operationally, the Germans won resounding victories and occupied some of the most important economic areas of the Soviet Union, mainly in Ukraine, both inflicting and sustaining heavy casualties. Despite their successes, the German offensive stalled on the outskirts of Moscow and was subsequently pushed back by a Soviet counteroffensive. The Red Army repelled the Wehrmacht’s strongest blows and forced Germany into a war of attrition for which it was unprepared. The Germans would never again mount a simultaneous offensive along the entire strategic Soviet-Axis front.
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