Operation Barbarossa was a direct violation of the Molotov- Ribbentrop Pact and led to the Battle of Stalingrad which ultimately backfired on Germany due to the Russian's resilience.
Students will be able to understand Operation Barbarossa and the Battle of Stalingrad and explain the overall impacts it had on the outcome of World War II.
STUDENT LEARNING TARGET
Hitler hated the Bolsheviks
Eliminate Britain allies
Gain resources and land
The Russian were a weak and easy target
Hitler invaded the USSR for 4 main reasons
WHAT IT IS
An agreement between the Soviet Union and Nazi- Germany
Treaty renounced warfare between the two countries
Remained in tact until it was broken by Germany when they invaded the USSR
Signed August 19,1939
Was critically defeated in the beginning of the operation
Replaced by Zhukov
Commanded the 1st Belorussian Front
Pushed the Germans out of Russia
Gerd von Rundstedt
He was also promoted to the rank of Field Marshal
Commanded Army Group South during the invasion(Stalingrad)
Erich Von Manstein
He led the Axis forces
Was promoted to field marshal
Tried to break the siege at Stalingrad
2.9 MILLION TROOPS
USSR HAD LESS FORCES AVAILABLE
3.6 MILLION TROOPS
GERMANS HAD THE ADVANTAGE WITH TROOPS OVERALL
MORE TANKS BUT VERY OUTDATED
HAD QUANTITY BUT VERY OUTDATED AS WELL
GERMANS HAD LESS TANKS BUT MORE ADVANCED
VERY TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED
USSR MAKES FIRST COUNTEROFFENSIVE
GERMAN ARMY IS LESS THAN 200 MILES AWAY FROM MOSCOW, RUSSIA
GERMAN ARMY IS 200 MILES INTO SOVIET TERRITORY
OPERATION BARBAROSSA BEGINS
JUNE 22, 1941
JUNE 27, 1941
MID- JULY, 1941
DECEMBER 6, 1941
OPERATION WAS DELAYED DUE TO THE INVADING OF YUGOSLAVIA IN APRIL
THE RUSSIAN WINTER CAME EARLIER THAN EXPECTED
ARGUMENT BETWEEN HITLER AND OKH, THE GERMAN ARMY HIGH COMMAND. SLOWED THE ARMY DOWN AND PUT THEM TRAVELING RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COLD WINTER
Why did Germany Lose?
THE RUSSIANS WILL POWER, STRENGTH ALSO CAUGHT THE GERMANS OFFGUARD
Battle of Stalingrad
Soviet Union's army defends against Germany's 6th army
Since Stalingrad contained Stalin's name it was very important to Soviet's morale
Alot of untrained men were sent out to fight for the red army
The USSR had the mentality of defending city or dying attempting to do so
"One of the bloodiest battles in the history of mankind"
Soldiers and officers who deserted the battle ground were sent to Penal Batallions which was a virtual death sentence.
Snipers were one of the most crucial elemtents in the battle of Stalingrad. 100's of professional snipers were deployed by both sides in Stalingard. They often picked off unsuspecting soldiers and many civilians
He was the most deadly and effective professional snipers in WWII.
He is considered was hero for the soviet army, after recording a total of 225 kills and 11 including opposing snipers.
The German army attempted to assassinate Vasily with they're top-ranked soldiers but failed numerous time
Total of 1.5 million deaths during the war. The Soviets lost 479,000 soldiers who were either killed or captured and they recovered around 250,000 German corpses after the war.
One of Germany's first major loss in WWII
After Germany lost the Battle of Stalingrad, they did not make any further advancements into Eastern Europe or Russia.
Stalingrad was one of the great turning points of the war.
The Germans lost so many soldiers and got defeated so badly they never fully recovered.
Over a million casualties recorded
Germany lost many key members of their army
A total of 600,000 square miles taken in the span of 4 months