Operation Barbarossa

World War II: Blitzkrieg

Europe 1941.0831

Operation Barbarossa

World War II in Europe from the fall of Poland to Stalingrad (31 August 1941)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

In the early hours of June 22, Hitler launched his invasion of the Soviet Union. It was the biggest attack in history to date, but it caught the Soviet command by surprise. Within two months, the Germans and their allies were halfway to Moscow.

Main Events

Germany launches Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union

Finland declares war on the Soviet Union

U.S 1st Marine Brigade lands in Iceland

Britain and United States issue Atlantic Charter defining goals for post-War world

Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran

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