HITLER VS NAPOLEON PART 2
So yesterday we discussed Napoleons invasion of Russia in 1812 and how much of a disaster it was.
Today we will talk about Hitler's Operation Barbarossa and how it compares to Napoleon's attempt.
Operation Barbarossa began on June 22nd of 1941, and included 3.8 million axis soldiers, 3,350 tanks, 2,770 aircraft, and 7,200 artillery pieces against 2.6-2.9 million Soviet troops, 11,000-20,000 tanks, and 7,133-9,100 artillery pieces. It was the largest land invasion in history.
Operationally, the German Wehrmacht and her allies achieved major initial victories and successes against the Soviets, using Blitzkrieg to surround massive Red Army pockets and rapidly advance into enemy territory. They did not allow the Soviet high command to react, and gobbled up army after army, town after town, getting closer and closer to Moscow each day. The Germans met more fierce resistance in the south, namely Ukraine, where a large percentage of the Red Army was, but nonetheless pushed forward, capturing key industrial targets.
After halting Army Group Centre (moving towards Moscow) to reinforce Army Group South, Hitler pushed the center Army Group forward again, in Operation Typhoon, or the advance on Moscow. By this time, the Soviets had been able to call up multiple Siberian Divisions from East Asia and stock up the defenses of the Soviet capital. With seemingly inexhaustible amounts of men and tanks, along with horrible rain, mud, and later heavy snow and temperatures well below zero.
The Soviets were able to hold their capital city, and subsequently push the Germans back.
The Soviets may have halted the German onslaught, but they suffered 5,000,000 casualties, mainly captured, 21,200 aircraft destroyed, and 20,500 tanks whereas the Germans suffered around 800,000 casualties, 2,827 aircraft destroyed, and 2,839 tanks destroyed.
Through the seemingly inexhaustible amounts of Soviet tanks and men along with the horrid climate of the Russian region, both Hitler and Napoleon, strategically superior to their foe's, fell due to these facts. This photo depicts Operation Barbarossa. (Colorized by Doug) A picture of Napoleons invasion later today.