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Battlefield: "The Battle for Russia"
This fast paced episode of "Battlefield" chronicles the titanic war in the east, that eventually decided World War II in Europe.
Despite numerous warnings from the Communist spy networks: the Lucy Spy-Ring the Red Orchestra Richard Sorge, and pleadings from Churchill and FDR, through ultra decrypts, Stalin discounted all invasion warnings. Stalin felt that all these alarming reports was actually an attempt to divide agreements between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, by the British and Americans. The Soviet Union shipped supplies ahead of schedule to Nazi Germany. The people of the Soviet Union and Stalin were completely dumbfounded when the Germans invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.
Three German Army Groups attacked into North, Central and the Southern Soviet Union.
Army Group North (Heeresgruppe Nord) (Generalfeldmarschall von Leeb) objective was the Baltic states, recently invaded by the USSR. The ultimate objective was Leningrad. Army Group Center consisted of 16th (Ernst Busch), 18th (Georg von Küchler) Armies and the 4th Panzer Group (Col. Gen Hoeppner).
Army Group Centre (Heeresgruppe Mitte) (Generalfeldmarschall von Bock) was comprised of the 4th (Günther von Kluge) and 9th Armies (Strauss), along with 2nd (Guderian) and 3rd (Hoth) Panzer Armies. Army Group Centre was focused on destroying all USSR forces in central Russia. The German forces would encircle several massive pockets in their advance from Poland to Smolensk.
Army Group South (Heeresgruppe Süd) (Generalfeldmarschall von Runstedt) was comprised of 17th (Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel), 11th Army (Eugen Ritter von Schobert) Armies, and the mainly Romanian and Hungarian 6th Army (Walther von Reichenau). The 1st Panzer Group (von Kleist) was the main armored component.
Army Group South and Army Group Centres Panzer Armies advanced south to encircle Soviet Armies around Kiev. Many German officers protested Hitlers decision to destroy armies in the field rather than capture Moscow. After the Soviet defeat at Kiev, Hitler implemented Operation Typhoon. Weather, attrition and supply lines now hindered the German advance. Moscow attacked with reserves from the Far East and saved Moscow (GDH)
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