The Russo-German War The  invasion of Russia 1941-45
Background <ul><li>Non aggression Pact </li></ul><ul><li>Hitler conquered all of the west 1939-40 </li></ul><ul><li>Hitler...
Operation  Barbarossa: Blitzkrieg in the East <ul><li>June 22, 1941  </li></ul><ul><li>3 Million German soldiers and 3300 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stalin’s reaction <ul><li>The “Man of Steel” has a nervous breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>Large portions of the Soviet army a...
“ The People’s War” or  “The Great Patriotic War”
 
The nature of the fighting <ul><li>Race war: German vs. Slavs </li></ul><ul><li>Both dictators cared little about casualti...
 
 
 
Einsatztruppen <ul><li>SS Extermination squads </li></ul><ul><li>Followed the German army behind the lines. </li></ul><ul>...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brutality of the Weather <ul><li>Winter of 1941-42 </li></ul><ul><li>Coldest in recent recorded history  </li></ul><ul><li...
 
 
 
 
 
Offensive vs. Counter offensive <ul><li>Throughout 1942 the Russian and German armies slug it out. </li></ul><ul><li>Germa...
 
 
 
 
Stalingrad: the Turning Point on the Eastern Front <ul><li>German 6th Army is surrounded by the Red Army, Oct 1942 </li></...
Germans Prisoners: Some would return home until 1955!  Most would die in Soviet gulags
 
 
 
 
The Germans fight a tactical retreat for the next two years.
By 1945 the Russians seek revenge as they enter Germany.
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Ww2 Russia

  1. 1. The Russo-German War The invasion of Russia 1941-45
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Non aggression Pact </li></ul><ul><li>Hitler conquered all of the west 1939-40 </li></ul><ul><li>Hitler sets his sights on Russia for more raw materials and labor resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. Operation Barbarossa: Blitzkrieg in the East <ul><li>June 22, 1941 </li></ul><ul><li>3 Million German soldiers and 3300 tanks cross the border </li></ul><ul><li>They face The Red Army, the world’s largest, 230 divisions of 14,000 men each along with 20,000 tanks </li></ul><ul><li>5,000 casualties per day! </li></ul>
  4. 10. Stalin’s reaction <ul><li>The “Man of Steel” has a nervous breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>Large portions of the Soviet army are surrounded, cut off and destroyed. </li></ul><ul><li>Germans advance over 200 miles in the first week. </li></ul><ul><li>Stalin order’s a “scorched earth” policy </li></ul><ul><li>Germans reach Moscow by end of year (3 year siege ) </li></ul>
  5. 11. “ The People’s War” or “The Great Patriotic War”
  6. 13. The nature of the fighting <ul><li>Race war: German vs. Slavs </li></ul><ul><li>Both dictators cared little about casualties. </li></ul><ul><li>Brutal </li></ul><ul><li>Laws of War are NOT followed </li></ul><ul><li>Atrocities by both sides </li></ul><ul><li>Raping, pillaging, and murder of civilian populations. </li></ul>
  7. 17. Einsatztruppen <ul><li>SS Extermination squads </li></ul><ul><li>Followed the German army behind the lines. </li></ul><ul><li>Liquidated entire villages </li></ul><ul><li>Killed millions of Soviet citizens </li></ul>
  8. 24. Brutality of the Weather <ul><li>Winter of 1941-42 </li></ul><ul><li>Coldest in recent recorded history </li></ul><ul><li>“ Russia’s Secret Weapon” </li></ul><ul><li>Germans were unprepared </li></ul><ul><li>Oil froze in tanks and cars. </li></ul><ul><li>More deaths from exposure than from enemy fire. </li></ul>
  9. 30. Offensive vs. Counter offensive <ul><li>Throughout 1942 the Russian and German armies slug it out. </li></ul><ul><li>Germans still have the upper hand but suffer severely at the hands of the Red Army. </li></ul><ul><li>Germans reach the city of Stalingrad by the Fall 1942 </li></ul>
  10. 35. Stalingrad: the Turning Point on the Eastern Front <ul><li>German 6th Army is surrounded by the Red Army, Oct 1942 </li></ul><ul><li>Germans hold out for 3 months. </li></ul><ul><li>They run out of food/ ammo and eventually 91,000 surrender in January 1943 (they started with 300,000!) </li></ul>
  11. 36. Germans Prisoners: Some would return home until 1955! Most would die in Soviet gulags
  12. 41. The Germans fight a tactical retreat for the next two years.
  13. 42. By 1945 the Russians seek revenge as they enter Germany.

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