Barbarossa by Time-Life Books

By Time-Life Books

Time-Life 3rd Reich sequence thirteen of 21

Recounts the Nazi invasion of Russia, describes the problems German squaddies confronted from the cruel weather and terrain, and recounts the siege of Moscow and the retreat of German forces

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The suddenness of the assaults stunned the Red Army outposts, cind the Germans seized intact every essential bridge along the Bug. Assault parties on foot to surprise the defenders North of the old frontier fortress at Brest-Litovsk, eighty tanks of the 18th Panzer Division crossed the Bug without benefit of a bridge. They simply rolled into the thirteen-foot-deep waters and crawled submerged across the bottom. These amphibious vehicles, originally intended for the invasion of Britain, were conventional Panzer Ills and IVs specially outfitted for underwater use.

Was desperately trying to buy time for his armed forces. The Red Army was undergoing a modernization program to correct the deficiencies exposed during the Finnish war. At the same time, the recently appointed chief of the high command, General Georgy Zhukov, was rushing to imStalin an in-depth defense of the motherland. Zhukov's a Soviet offensive strategy developed during the 1930s. Rather than deploy the bulk of Soviet defenses near the border, it called for three successive lines of defense reaching more than 150 miles plement his plan for scheme was a variation on into the rear.

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