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
The Soviet KV-1 heavy tank
The Soviet PTRD-41 anti-tank gun
Source: RIA Novosti archive, image #4408 / N. Bode / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
The Katyusha in action
Attribution: RIA Novosti archive, image #303890 / Zelma / CC-BY-SA 3.0
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.