Germany Invades Russia 71 Years Ago Today


Today marks the 71st anniversary of the start of Operation Barbarossa which was the codename of Hitler’s invasion of Russia.  The war on the eastern front during World War II was the largest clash of man and machine in the history of the world, it was the most important theater of operations of the war.  I am not here to diminish what the western allies did during World War II ( it was significant), but  contrary to what you have been taught or led to believe by Hollywood America did not win the war in Europe all by itself, or even do the majority of the fighting against Hitler.  That honor would fall to Russia, and it is through the deaths of the many millions of Russian soldiers that Hitler was ultimately defeated.  Here are some facts and figures about the war on the eastern front that help put it into perspective.

1.  80% of all German combat deaths came on the eastern front

2.  13,600,000 Russian soldiers died fighting the Germans

3.  Approximately 2,500,000 Germans died on the eastern front

4.  More Russians died in the Siege of Leningrad than did all Americans and British for the entire war.

5.  The Battle of Kursk was the largest tank battle in history with a total of 3,600 tanks in action.

6.  Nearly 80% of all Soviet male children born in 1923 were killed during the war.

World War II Causalities by Country j
Country Military Deaths Civilian Deaths Total
USSR13 13,600,000 7,700,000 21,300,000
China 1,324,000 10,000,000 11,324,000
Germany 3,250,000 3,810,000 7,060,000
Poland 850,000 6,000,000 6,850,000
United States 500,000 0 500,000
Italy 330,000 80,000 410,000
Great Britain 326,000 62,000 388,000
*These numbers are estimates and vary according to