Eastern Front animated: 1941

In the summer of 1941 German army was the strongest in Europe and was preparing to use its superiority to defeat the Soviet Union in a three-month lightning campaign. The Soviets, on the other hand, were preparing for a long war and had built up a strong war economy, but the modernization and expansion of the Red Army was still underway and its methods and organization were not yet fully tested in battle. Can the Wehrmacht damage the Soviet Union enough to prevent a recovery or can the Soviets hold until their long-term advantages start to have a strong impact on the war?

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Main sources for orders of battle and frontline positions:

BDSA .RU- Боевые действия Красной армии в ВОВ

80% of the divisional OOB and 95% of corps OOB shown in the video may be considered correct, (in places, where it is not simplified.)

Troop and POW numbers:



Europe: Elevation map of Europe – European Environment Agency.
Outside Europe: https://maps-for-free.com/

USSR: Europa 1: 2,500,000 Deutsche Heereskarte: Europaische Russland. 1943.
Other: British 1944 1:2000,000 maps of Europe.

Nerves Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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