German Wehrmacht troops cross the border into the Soviet Union (Russia) with a Soviet tank burning off in the distance during the opening day of one of the largest military operations ever launched, Operation Barbarossa, 22nd of June, 1941. #OnThisDay in history 76 years ago today, hundreds of thousands of German soldiers stormed the Soviet border taking the entire Soviet population completely by surprise. Many say this decision cost the Germans the war but I beg to differ, had Hitler listened to his generals and had more of an awareness on the situations the chances of a German victory would've been much higher. They were backed into a corner and the Soviet Union was their only option, many don't realize how close the Germans came! They got to the gates of Moscow before being forced to retreat. Early in the morning on June 22nd massive artillery barrages and air strikes crippled the Soviet supply chains, airfields, and vehicles. More than half of the entire Soviet Air Force had been wiped out and hundreds of thousands prisoners were already being taken. The Soviet military was unprepared and obsolete at the time compared to the new and modern tactics, vehicles, soldiers, and equipment, that the Wehrmacht possessed. The Blitzkrieg for the time being had yet again succeeded with stark success, a dark cloud was falling over Europe and their diplomats yet again. The Soviets began to mobilize millions of soldiers and moved all their factories deep into Siberia out of range of any German aircraft. Although it would take over a year when the Soviets production finally reached its height the Germans took quite a bit hit. And this massive punch to the gut crippled the Wehrmacht and forced them to retreat miles and miles back to Berlin for their final show. And what a show it was. This photograph was colorized by myself and feedback is always appreciated!