America’s long slog across the Pacific, beginning with the massive
effort it took to rebuild a ruined navy, struck down in a surprise
attack by Japan, the rest of the nations of the world had been
wrestling with a con man who promised to make Germany Great Again.
Adolph Hitler told the Germans what they wanted to hear. After all,
they were the "Master Race".
A few may recall that Hitler and Stalin teamed up and quickly divided
Poland, a nation that from its inception only gained freedom following
the First World War for the brief span of 20 years.
The Germans were quick to sign a non-aggression pact with Russia in
1939 and there being no honor among predators, both nations lusted
after oil. Russia had a lot in the Caucasus. In Romania, there was even
22, 1941, Three German Army groups began a race toward Leningrad, (now
St. Petersburg) in the north of Russia; toward Moscow, the capital of
the USSR, and toward Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in the Russian
Southwest. This was “Operation Barbarossa”.
At one point it covered 300 miles of an advancing German front, much of it burning farms and barren fields.
The Wehrmacht began to bog down in the August mud. And it began to get colder, and colder and colder.
Time and again the Germans attacked across the Volga and well into
Stalingrad and the Russians counter-attacked through the rubble.
This lasted for five months one week and three days; the largest number
of combatants ever, often engaged in hand to hand fighting, before the
Germans surrendered on February 1st of 1943.
The Germans had 800,000 dead, wounded or missing. The Russians counted
1-million, one hundred thousand dead, missing or wounded members of
their armed services in that confrontation alone.
40,000 Russian civilians were also killed in the fighting.
In 1945, Stalingrad was officially recognized a Hero City of the Soviet Union.
Phil Richardson, Editor