Operation Barbarossa: The Largest Invasion In History | Battles Won And Lost | Timeline

Retracing The Conflicts of WW 2 – Across every theatre of the Second World War battle strategies were designed to capitalise on terrains with better access to supplies. Despite these tactics, many forces were stretched beyond their limits, facing unforeseen conditions and underestimating targets. These battles won and lost would determine possession of territory, resources and the strength to go on fighting.

For some of the battles it was the victory that most influenced the future course of the war. For others, it was the defeat. From sweeping offensives to special operations, this is the story of the battles won and battles lost that shaped the outcome of the greatest conflict in history.

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  1. 6:00 The West has not given up on Ukraine's land. The Ukrainians don't know this, but if it were not for Russia, NATO would already be setting up camps in Ukraine to make room for Germans.

  2. Tic Heinz Guderian in his book Panzer Leader made reference that during early 1943 the Soviets began the practice of forcing any male capable of holding a rifle into mandatory military service. If those civilian soldiers survived their first battle they were considered veterans. While this increased their manpower, it also shortened Russian supply lines, because the Russians were able to strip the soldiers families of whatever supplies they had. The NKVD also massacred any collaborators real or imagined left behind in those towns and villages. This also reduced the need for food for the civilians and supplied the Red Army. The numbers of civilians killed by the NKVD is unknown. Same with the forced military "volunteers", numbers unknown. Hope this helps. Thanks for your brilliant series.

  3. Why is this labelled as Operation Barbarossa? It's only the first segment of it! Very misleading. And the two people at the "war table" are quite jarring. Why not just make a small animation to show the fronts and changes, rather than have these two somewhat cringey blokes pushing little disks around?

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