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Dead lying on a plain, with no trees. German soldiers outside their military transport.
Undated and unmarked, but provenance suggests Germany's Operation Barbarossa.
Rust stain on back. Photo shows some yellowing and light red lines.
4.5 X 6.25 cm
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale).
Note: The sale of this item in no way supports the actions or philosophies of the Axis powers. I am selling the historical record.
Operation Barbarossa was the code name for Nazi Germany's World War II invasion of the Soviet Union, which was launched on 22 June 1941.
In the two years leading up to the invasion, the two countries signed political and economic pacts for strategic purposes. The invasion began on 22 June 1941. Over the course of the operation, about 4 million Axis personnel invaded the western Soviet Union along a 2,900-kilometer front, the largest invasion force in the history of warfare. In addition to troops, the Germans employed some 600,000 motor vehicles and between 600,000 and 700,000 horses. The offensive marked the beginning of the escalation of the war, both geographically and in the formation of the Allied coalition.
Operationally, the Germans achieved surprising victories and occupied some of the most important economic areas of the Soviet Union, mainly in Ukraine, and inflicted, as well as sustained, heavy casualties. Despite their successes, the German offensive stalled on the outskirts of Moscow and was subsequently pushed back by a Soviet counteroffensive. The Red Army repelled the Wehrmacht's strongest blows and forced the unprepared Germans into a war of attrition. The Germans would never again mount a simultaneous offensive along the entire strategic Soviet-Axis front.