The Great Patriotic War: Germany Invades
World War II: The Eastern Front from Operation Barbarossa to Stalingrad (5 July 1941)
Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union
At 3:15 am the Axis Powers led by Nazi Germany launch the invasion of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, bombing cities in a broad arc from Kronstadt to Sevastopol as some three million troops advance across the border. Within hours the momentum of the Axis attacks have completely destroyed the Soviet organizational command and control, paralyzing every level of command, and it is only at 7:15 am that Soviet leader Josef Stalin announces the invasion to the Soviet Armed Forces and calls upon them to act.