Follow Stalin’s Red Army and Hitler’s Nazi forces along the largest front in the history of warfare
Dear Fellow World War II Buff,
Are you ready to dive feet first into the Eastern Front? To witness Joseph Stalin’s blunder as he dismisses the idea of a Nazi invasion? To follow the Red Army’s heroic tank battles and desperate defense against the advancing German army? To gain unparalleled insight into the most extraordinary and costly military operations in the history of war? Then you’re ready to take on Blitzkrieg on the Russian Front, a special issue by Warfare History Network.
Eastern Europe’s front line spanned 1,800 miles, and led to a loss of 750,000 horses, 600,000 vehicles and over 10 million soldiers—and this special report is your guide to how it all began.
Too Suspicious of His Colleagues, Too Trusting of Hitler
The Soviet Union’s losses in World War II may never be fully measured. Some 70,000 towns, 20 million citizens and 35 million soldiers were lost in the war’s myriad battles, skirmishes and sieges. But how many of these catastrophes could have been mitigated by better leadership?
World War II specialist Mike Haskew tries to answer this in the special issue’s opening editorial. An expert on World War II battles, tactics and commanders, Haskew suggests that Stalin’s paranoia and stubbornness kept the Red Army unprepared for the German invasion.
Always suspicious of political uprisings—either real or imagined—Stalin was directly responsible for the loss of so many high-ranking Russian officials during the purges of the 1930s. Yet despite his internal paranoia, Stalin was too trusting when it came to Nazi Germany.
In Haskew’s probing editorial, you’ll read all about a critical message delivered to the Kremlin that outlined the plans for an upcoming Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Forwarded from Switzerland by Soviet agent Alexander Foote, it even provided a timeline for the covert operation. So why was it ignored?
Far from your run-of-the-mill encyclopedia columns, the features in this special issue were all researched and written by experts like Haskew to give you the most in-depth look at the events and stories that shaped the Eastern Front. Stories like…
Rottweilers of the Third Reich
Unfortunately, civilians weren’t spared from the horrors and anguish brought on by the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. In addition to the hardships and sacrifices endured by Stalin’s Red Army, Blitzkrieg on the Russian Front also looks in harrowing detail at the vicious tactics employed by Hitler’s Einsatzgruppen, or “task forces”.
As you’ll learn inside, the Einsatzgruppen themselves weren’t always responsible for initiating their brutal ethnic cleansing operations. As Einsatzgruppe A commander Franz Stahlecker reported, “it was thought a good idea for the security police not to be seen to be involved, at least not immediately, in these unusually tough measures, which were bound to attract attention. The impression had to be created that the local population itself had taken the first steps of its own accord as a natural reaction to decades of oppression by the Jews.”
We’ve often heard of these chilling directives, but at Warfare History Network, we attempt to dig deeper: how did the Nazi commanders themselves take to such terrible duties?
Just like the other witnesses to these atrocities, Nazi soldiers experienced great psychological trauma from the orders they carried out or bore witness to. During the German invasion, an Einsatzgruppen staff officer stationed in Latvia reported that “after the first wave of shootings, it emerged that the men, particularly the officers, could not cope with the demands made on them. Many abandoned themselves to alcohol, many suffered nervous breakdowns and psychological illnesses.”
Depression, nightmares, uncontrollable trembling and crying jags. As “Rottweilers of the Third Reich” explains, many Nazi soldiers developed what we know today as Post-Traumatic Stress as a result of these atrocities.
Of course, in your special issue, you’ll learn not only about these and other personal stories along the Eastern Front, but also about the complex political alliances that shaped the conflict.
A Disastrous Alliance
Due to its massive scope and influence, World War II created some of the most complex political networks in warfare history. Would you be surprised to learn that Nazi Germany’s biggest ally during the Soviet invasion fought against them in World War I? In “A Disastrous Alliance,” you’ll become well acquainted with the most unenviable political alliance in the entire war: Germany and Romania.
An Allied country in the First World War, Romania then received territorial concessions from Hungary and the Soviet Union. Its government maintained close ties with France and Great Britain afterward, but by 1940, Romania became surrounded by hostile neighbors, and its allies were in no position to lend support.
Hungary wanted to reclaim northern Transylvania. To the south, Bulgaria wanted portions of Dobruja. And the Soviet Union had its eyes on Bessarabia and Bucovina. In our special report, you’ll learn that along with its tremendous sacrifices during the Nazi invasion, Stalin’s Red Army conducted a few invasions of their own.
Over 100 Pages of In-Depth Features
Still looking for more? We have plenty. Blitzkrieg on the Russian Front has over 100 pages of fully detailed features that’ll be sure to keep you occupied:
“The Soviet Dunkirk” will introduce you to Stalin’s Baltic Fleet, and its attempted escape from Tallinn during the bleak summer of 1941.
In “Sturgeon Catch 1942,” you’ll discover how the Nazi assault on Sevastopol became a very costly operation, and how the Crimean port emerged after the war to become a symbol of the Soviet resistance.
“Soviet Circle of Iron” examines Marshal Georgi Zhukov’s master plan for Operation Uranus, and how the German 6th Army became trapped in Stalingrad.
“Disaster at Demyansk” focuses on the Scandinavian volunteers who took part in Germany’s 1942 summer offensive against the Red Army—and the heavy price they paid at the Demyansk Pocket.
“Panzers at the Gates of Moscow” describes in full detail the Red Army’s gallant stand against Nazi forces in Operation Typhoon.
In “Debacle at Lubian,” you’ll learn about the massive Soviet offensive to raise the siege of Leningrad, and how its disastrous defeat meant staggering losses for Stalin’s army.
“On the Ground” compares the Red Army’s T-34 battle tank to Porsche’s Ferdinand tank destroyer: both integral to the fighting along the Eastern Front.
In “Armored Strike North,” you’ll follow along with Panzer Group 4 of German Army Group North as it makes straight for Leningrad in the opening weeks of the Soviet invasion.
“Holding the Line at Smolensk” describes the Red Army’s valiant efforts to attempt to slow the Nazi juggernaut as it advances into Russian territory.
All this and more for just $9.95. From vicious German panzer attacks to the Red Army’s massive counteroffensives, from Stalin’s miscalculations to Hitler’s strategic shortcomings, you’ll not find a more gripping collection of first-hand accounts and analysis of the Soviet invasion. Your personal guide to the ferocious battles, heroic sacrifices and disastrous allegiances is just one click away, so don’t delay! Jump in feet first and experience the Eastern Front like never before.
Publisher, Warfare History Network
P.S. Just how important was Romania’s alliance with Germany during Operation Barbarossa? Would you believe that it directly contributed to Hitler’s disastrous mistakes at Stalingrad? Order your copy of this very special issue on the German invasion to learn why!