The staggering amount of detail offered ensures this is an invaluable addition to Eastern Front literature and Operation Barbarossa in particular. Top Turnaround The central question of the German-Soviet war is why, after two years of defeats, and the loss of more than five million men and two-thirds of the industrial capacity of the country, the Red Army was able to blunt, then drive back, the German attack.
Both climate and terrain in this region were alien to the German forces, earning them the thinly disguised contempt of their Finnish allies and Soviet enemies alike. The purges hit the higher ranks worst.
He had neither led panzer formations nor worked with his senior commanders prior to June Some historians have seen this as the turning point of the war.
The idea that the USSR had limitless manpower, despite its heavy losses, is inadequate as an answer. It was an open secret in the capital that Hitler expected to score a diplomatic coup: he would offer Stalin a free hand against the British Southwest Asian possessions in exchange for German dominance of Central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.
Nevertheless, by mid-July the Germans had advanced more than miles km and were only miles km from Moscow. In this context, relations during the reign of Wilhelm II r.