The Atlantic: World War 2 in Photographs Part VI

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  1. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Operation Barbarossa:

    On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany and its Axis allies began a massive invasion of the Soviet Union named Operation Barbarossa -- some 4.5 million troops launched a surprise attack deployed from German-controlled Poland, Finland, and Romania. Hitler had his eyes on Soviet resources even after Germany and the USSR signed a non-aggression pact in 1939. Both sides had long been suspicious of one another and the agreement merely gave them more time to prepare for a probable war. The Soviets were unprepared for the sudden blitzkreig attacks across a border that spanned nearly 2,900 km (1,800 mi), and suffered horrible losses. Within a single week, German forces advanced 200 miles into Soviet territory, destroyed nearly 4,000 aircraft, and killed, captured, or wounded some 600,000 Red Army troops.

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  2. Achilleslastand

    Achilleslastand Well-Known Member

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    Amazing amazing photos.....some very tragic.
  3. Route 66

    Route 66 Well-Known Member

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    The men with the nooses around their necks made me stare at that one for awhile. The thoughts going through their minds right then...
  4. SaltwaterServr

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    That one got me. For some reason, I got a flash of one of the guys wanting the platform to be higher so their necks would snap and they wouldn't strangle instead. I thought that would be terrifying, knowing you'll strangle to death instead of the quick snap.

    The one with the man, child, and wife on the street is pretty bad too knowing the treatment the Nazi soldiers inflicted on civilian women as they advanced towards Moscow.

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