Operation Barbarossa, 1941

Operation Barbarossa, beginning 22 June 1941, was the code name for Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II. Over the course of the operation, about four million soldiers of the Axis powers invaded the USSR along a 2,900 km front, the largest invasion in the history of warfare.

A German infantryman walks toward the body of a killed Soviet soldier and a burning BT-7 light tank in the southern Soviet Union in in 1941, during the early days of Operation Barbarossa.

A German infantryman walks toward the body of a killed Soviet soldier and a burning BT-7 light tank in the southern Soviet Union in in 1941, during the early days of Operation Barbarossa.

Captured Soviet equipment.

Captured Soviet equipment.

German soldiers fighting in the Soviet Union as part of Operation Barbarossa, 1941.

German soldiers fighting in the Soviet Union as part of Operation Barbarossa, 1941.

German soldiers with a destroyed Soviet KV-1 tank.

German soldiers with a destroyed Soviet KV-1 tank.

German tanks in the Soviet Union preparing for an attack as part of Operation Barbarossa, July 21, 1941.

German tanks in the Soviet Union preparing for an attack as part of Operation Barbarossa, July 21, 1941.

German troops crossing the Soviet border, 22 June 1941.

German troops crossing the Soviet border, 22 June 1941.

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Belarus or Ukraine farmhouse destroyed during the German invasion in 1941

A group of Soviet prisoners of war, taken to an undefined prison camp. Some 2.8 million Soviet prisoners were killed in just eight months of 1941–42

A group of Soviet prisoners of war, taken to an undefined prison camp. Some 2.8 million Soviet prisoners were killed in just eight months of 1941–42

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