By Will Fowler
Within the 3rd of the sequence the writer examines Operation Barbarossa the German invasion of Russia in 1942 and the crusade throughout the following 12 months whilst the Axis forces renewed their offensive after the wintry weather.
The invasion of June 1941 used to be the most important operation undertaken by means of German forces through the battle, comprising greater than a hundred military divisions and a few 17 Panzer divisions besides 3,000 airplane. dealing with those forces have been greater than a hundred and fifty Russian divisions in addition to fifty four tank brigades. regardless of the dimensions of the Russian forces, that have been accelerated inside of six months by means of one other three hundred divisions, the German and Axis forces swept eastwards at an extraordinary cost, taking pictures greater than 3.3 million prisoners through December 1941.
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Dust w o u l d clog engines and cause excess wear. ABOVE: A Waffen-SS 4 x 2 Kfz 1 5 , formerly a British A r m y Morris-Commercial 8-cwt truck captured in 1 9 4 0 , churns through the mud. RIGHT: A motorcycle completely c l o g g e d with mud. The soft mud offered no traction as well as seeming to be almost bottomless. 4th Army under Field Marshal von Kluge cut off another group at the railway town of Vyazma. Bryansk and the bridge over the Desna had been taken in a swift coup on October 6 by the men of General von Arnim's BLITZKRIEG 17th Panzer Division.
In an air raid on the night of September 8 the Badaev food warehouse was hit by incendiaries and burned down. 8oz) a day. A day later electricity was rationed to a few hours a day. By November the workers were receiving 2 5 0 grams and the bread itself was made from 2% flour, 3% corn flour and 7 3 % rye flour, the rest being bulked out with ingredients used in industrial processes like linseed oil cake and cellulose. BELOW: A body is delivered to a crude graveyard in Leningrad with the dead wrapped in blankets on the surface.
2lb) and fired from a 47-round drum magazine at 5 2 0 to 5 8 0 rounds a minute, a rate that made for accurate shooting and ammunition conservation. A DP crew carried three drum magazines in a metal box. ABOVE: A PzKpfw 35(t) tank of Army Group North moves cautiously through heavily wooded terrain during the drive on Leningrad. BELOW: Roughly camouflaged Red Air Force Polikarpov I-15 fighters captured by advancing German forces. Twenty-two were passed to the Finns. 37 BLITZKRIEG ABOVE: Landsers - German infantry - march eastwards f o l l o w i n g up the Stukas and tanks of the Blitzkrieg.
Russia 1941-42 by Will Fowler