Wednesday Jul 27, 2022

Episode 6: Germany ... triumphant?

Having captured most of Ukraine and with a choke-hold on Leningrad, Germany appears to be winning as it advances on Moscow. But the big picture looks different close up. 

The Battle of Smolensk may just be the big turning point in the was in the East. 

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Map 1: The situation in the summer of 1941


Map 2: The Battle of Smolensk 


The best tank of the war: the Soviet T34


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The Soviet KV-1 heavy tank 


The Soviet PTRD-41 anti-tank gun 


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The Katyusha 


The Katyusha in action 


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Books cited in this episode: 

David Glantz: Operation Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941. Stroud, Gloucetershire, UK, 2011.  

David Stahel: Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.


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