Germany Invades the Soviet Union:

Operation Barbarossa: June 22, 1941; Largest German military operation of World War Two.



-Destroying the Soviet Union eliminated the Communist threat to Germany.

-Three army groups, including more than 3 million German soldiers, supported by 650,000 troops from Germany's allies (Finland and Romania) invaded on June 22, 1941.

-For months Soviet leadership refused to understand the warning signs so Germany and its Axis partners had the elemnt of surprise.

-Most of the Soviet air force was destroyed on the ground, armies were initially overwhelmed, and they encircles so many Soviet soldiers and were able to cut them off from supplies and reinforcements, forcing them to surrender.

-The RSHA's job was to identify and eliminate people who might organize and resist against German forces.

-Mobile kill units known as the Einsatzgruppen has mass murder operations, mainly against Jewish males, official of the Communist party, State, and Soviet Roma.

-German troops become exhausted, failed to equip for winter warfare, they had insufficient amounts of food, water, and medicine, they ran out of supplies.

September 1942; German domination of Europe reached furthest geographical extension.


By: Nicole Mayhan

Annotated Bibliography
"Invasion of the Soviet Union, June 1941." Halocaust Encyclopedia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2101. Web. 16 Dec 2011. <>.

This website was helpful to my group because it had a lot of information that seemed to be accurate and helpful. It had all of the important dates and interesting maps and pictures. The only negative asset of the website was that it was some what confusing and difficult to understand. Another good thing about the website was that it was the Holocausts museum so it's assumed to be a reliable source.

mcdonald, jason. "The Invasion of Russia June 22, 1941 - December 1941." The World War II Multimedia Database. N.p., July. Web. 16 Dec 2011. <>.

This website was helpful because it had good information and was easy to understand. It was organized and came from a World War Two database. A negative about this website is that it was hard to determine if it was a reliable source or not, therefor it wasn't strongly used in our wiki.

Web. 16 Dec 2011.
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    • from The Oxford Companion to World War II. Copyright © I.C.B. Dear and Oxford UP, 1995.