Eastern Front of WWII animated: 1941

Eastern Front of WWII animated: 1941


Europe, summer 1941. Germany had secured most of Central and Western
Europe, with only Great Britain remaining defiant on the islands. The only potential threat to Germany in Europe
was the Soviet Union. In order to break the stalemate with Britain
and make Germany’s strategic position indisputable, Hitler decided to cripple the military capabilities
of the Soviet Union and seize its natural resources. Germany planned to achieve this goal by capturing
most of the European part of the Soviet Union before the onset of winter 1941. The main attack would take place in the center
and be directed towards Moscow, with auxiliary attacks in the north and south. By the middle of june 1941 the Germans had
almost completed the preparations and the invasion was about to begin, meanwhile the
Soviet forces were unaware of what was coming and were ill-prepared to resist the German
invasion. First we’ll look at the southern sector. The Soviets had deployed their strongest units
in the south having 1,200 000 men between the Pripyat marshes and the Black sea. They were to be confronted by the Army Group
South, that was of roughy the same strength. The first objective of the Axis troops was
securing the western Ukraine. On june 22nd the invasion began. The Soviets immediately gathered their armoured
forces and met the German spearhead with a massive counterattack in the area of Dubno
and Brody, but due to the lack of combat readiness of the units involved, it failed and the Soviets
lost most of their tanks. The German advance continued and this created
a threat of encirclement to the Soviet troops in the South and they had to be withdrawn
from the exposed position. After the main attack had tied down the Soviet
reserves, the Axis forces in Romania joined the offensive. The main spearhead now made a dash towards
the east and this made the Soviet command think that the main German effort was directed
towards Kiev. However, the Germans had stuck to their original
plan and turned south. When the Soviets realized the German intentions,
it was already too late to withdraw their forces and the Germans encircled and destroyed
many of the Soviet formations near the town of Uman. The Soviets now abandoned Western Ukraine
and retreated to the eastern bank of the river Dnieper. They deployed the first wave of freshly mobilized
troops to establish a strong defence on the river line and also clinged to the port of
Odessa. At the same time, operations were being carried
out in the North, where one and a half million German soldiers from army groups north and
center were facing a million Soviet soldiers. In the beginning of the invasion the Army
group center was to encircle soviet forces at the border and then advance towards Smolensk
and Moscow. Meanwhile, army group north was to advance
directly towards Leningrad threatening to trap the soviet forces between them and the
sea. On 22. June the Germans attacked. The Soviet western front was deployed forward
and during the first days of the war the German forces encircled most of its formations near
the towns of Bialystock and Minsk. In the Baltics, the Soviet counter attacks
were defeated in the battle of Raseiniai and then they attempted to pull back and establish
a defensive line on Daugava river, but the Germans reached the river before them and
pushed onwards, threatening the Soviet units in the west with encirclement. At the same time Army group center had finished
encircling the Soviet Western front and its infantry units began to reduce the pockets,
while its armoured forces advanced eastwards almost unopposed. The Soviets attempted to plug the gap by deploying
most of their pre-war reserves to counter them, but it was not enough and as the German
offensive continued, their armour broke through the Soviet lines and trapped these units near
Smolensk. By that time, the first wave of Soviet mobilization
was complete and the Soviets used these formations to block further German advance and attempted
to free the encircled troops. However the performance of these newly created
units was lacklustre and they were unable to liberate the pocket. The Germans managed to close it up and eliminate
it. The Germans had gained the upper hand in the
Central part of the front and now they were faced with two options. They could continue the push towards Moscow
immediately or secure the flanks of Army Group Center first and then continue the offensive
eastwards. They decided to do the latter and the armoured
formations of Army Group Center were sent to aid neighbouring army groups. During this time battles had been raging in
the north, where Army Group North had failed to pull out large encirclements and their
progress was slowed down by the Soviet counterattacks and bad infrastructure. Nevertheless, they were making slow but steady
progress and after securing their left flank, they reached the approaches to Leningrad. When the help from Army Group Center arrived,
they were able to perform the final push and cut off the land-based communications to the
city. Further north, Finland had entered the war
against the Soviet Union on June 25th and the Finnish troops took advantage of the Soviet
defeats by taking back the lands lost in the winter war. After that, they established forward defensive
positions between the lakes. Even further north, the Finnish and German
troops attempted to capture the Soviet port city of Murmansk and cut the Murmansk railway
in order to sever the Allied supply route to the Soviet Union. However their attacks became bogged down in
the rough terrain short of their objectives. The front became static. Meanwhile the other armoured units of the
Army Group Center were sent to help Army Group South. The Soviets had anticipated, that the Germans
would continue their attack towards Moscow and concentrated their troops on this direction,
which allowed the German armoured formations to push back the weaker Soviet units on their
southern flank. The German advance southwards forced the Soviets
to abandon their forward positions in the Pripyat marshes to shorten their line. In Ukraine the Soviet troops were occupying
a strong defensive position, with their flanks resting on the Dnieper river in the west and
south and the marshes in the North. Yet the Panzers from Army Group Center were
bypassing the marshes from the east and advanced into the Soviet rear. The Soviets thought, that the German spearhead
was overextended and could be contained, however, unbeknownst to them, the Armoured formations
of the Army Group South had secretly crossed the Dnieper from the south into a German bridgehead
and now broke through towards north to link up with the spearhead. As the groups met, most of the Soviet units
in Central Ukraine became encircled. 750 thousand men were trapped in the pocket. When the pocket had been liquidated, the Soviet
forces in Ukraine had been severely weakened. After these operations, the flanks of Army
Group Center were secure, but now the Germans didn’t have enough time to reach the objectives
set in the beginning of the campaign and they decided to go for more limited goals. In order to reach them, they began a full
scale attack along the whole front. In the south, the Soviet resistance had been
crippled with the recent encirclement and this allowed the Germans to carry out another
encirclement, trapping part of the Soviet forces on the coast of the black sea. Then they pushed onwards and established their
control over the resource-rich areas of the Eastern Ukraine and conquered the Crimean
peninsula, with Soviets abandoning Odessa, but clinging on to the port of Sevastopol. At the same time the German forces were pursuing
their objectives in the north. Their goal was to sever the remaining supply
route to Leningrad and link up with the Finnish forces. The initial advance was successful and reached
its first goal by cutting the railway line supplying the city. The main German effort was in the center. All this time the Soviets had anticipated
an attack on Moscow and had deployed 1,250 000 mobilized troops to this sector. During the German operations on the flanks,
they had even somewhat managed to push Army Group Center back to improve their defensive
perimeter. But by the end of September the German armour
had finally returned to the center and proceeded to carry out a new attack. Once again, near the towns of Vyazma and Bryansk,
the Soviet troops were encircled and this resulted in halving the soviet strength on
the front. After reducing the pockets, the Germans closed
their distance to Moscow. Then they attempted to encircle Moscow with
a two-pronged attack, but by that time, the long advance had exhausted their offensive
capabilities and the weather had become severely cold. The Soviets managed to halt their advance,
and although they didn’t have large superiority in numbers, the soviet proficiency in winter
combat allowed them to carry out a counterattack. The Germans were forced to abandon their vulnerable
forward positions on the flanks and pulled back in order shorten the front line. During the retreat, they had to abandon some
of their heavy equipment. At the same time, the German attempt to cut
off Leningrad had also failed and they had to retreat to their starting positions and
the supply line to Leningrad was restored. In the South the German advance was also checked
by the Soviets, forcing the Germans to abandon their forward positions in Rostov. The first year of the war was over. The soviets had stopped the Germans far from
their initial goals, but at a great cost to their own military capabilities. The Red Army had been decimated and it would
take a year or more to fully rebuild and re-equip the army. The Germans wanted to use this window of opportunity
and were sending most of their available forces to the Eastern front to deliver a knock-out
punch in the following year. 1942 would be the decisive year of the war.

100 Comments on "Eastern Front of WWII animated: 1941"


  1. i read a biography of Eisenhower. In the book he recounts a trip he took from Berlin to Moscow to meet with Zhukov after VE day. He notes that there wasn't ONE STANDING building the whole trip until the outskirts of Moscow!

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  2. The only way they could have won against the Soviet Union, is if Stalin’s purges were even larger than in our timeline.

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  3. “… At the Munich International Conference , in 1938, when Czechoslovacks were chopped in to pieces by Germany and Poland, with help of their friends – Britain, France, and Italy, ..“ USSR did not have any options to postpone the imminent war against Hitler, just to sighn „Non- agression Pact” with Nazi Germany to postpone the war…Author of this wideo has to learn historical subjects well, before making any presentations….

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  4. This was awesome! I just started reading "Gulag Archipelago" & this provides a lot of helpful context. Crazy that they were still rounding up prisoners even while getting attacked by the Germans…

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  5. Germans never stood a chance of winning.
    Even if they got to Moscow, they'd not have won. Napoleon fared better than them, yet still lost.

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  6. No it is not true, that Sovietunion would not be prepared. They were. It seemed to be, that they were waiting for it.

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  7. Если кто посмеет тронуть Россию – пиздец вам а не пощада

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  8. Hitler's plan
    1.destroy most of the russian troops at kiev
    2.capture mosscow before winter
    3.winter came already

    4.ATTACK STALINGRAD
    5.capture stalingrad and surround the caupcasus
    6.your troops got surronded at the stalingrad
    7.soviet attack failed at kharkov

    8.ATTACK KURSK

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  9. Germans didn’t realize how bad soviet infrastructure, roads, bridges were otherwise they would have been at Ural Mountains by 1942 and pushed Russia to where it really belongs, Asia.

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  10. Bastards Zionist had a clandestine meeting with the communist and that is where military supplies were sent to the soviets in order to help them fight the Germans! Without the Zionist help soviet communist demise is inevitable!

    In fact, Stalin pressures the zionist to open second front in Europe, Aug. 13, 1942, when the Communist and Zionist met in Tehran!

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  11. Excellent video.

    The Soviet Army suffered greatly in the first year, but so too did the German army. Eight of ten German formations that had war experience before the invasion of the Soviet Union were destroyed by the opening of fighting the next year. When the fighting began is 1942, the German army was a different army from the one that invaded in June the year before.

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  12. You HAVE to read The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer if you are interested in the Eastern Front. There is nothing more grisly, raw, and brutal than his book. It is his own memoirs from 1942-1945, during which he was a part of the elite Gross Deutschland division. He spares no detail in describing the horrors of war. It is a classic, and really a life changing novel. Fucking 100/10.

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  13. I come to respect any of the senior citizens that I come across while I'm in Europe or anywhere for the matter, for they sacrifice a lot that they can bargain for, and for that I SALUTE you!

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  14. Información muy detallada, buen trabajo!
    Para ver las guerras mas mortíferas de los últimos 500 años mirad mi canal 👀

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  15. I learned more in this ten minute video than from hour long TV documentaries and attempting to read 1000-page books on the subject.

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  16. People still say that winter stopped Nazis (don't says Germans it's different! Dont get how people still don't get it ) , in reality while they were eating good food , had proper ammunition and machines , people in Stalinigrad had to make a soup of books , kill birds etc. Winter didn't win a war , people did. And when others says how much USSR lost and Stalin was a murderer, most people were not even solders and I can say with confidence that if USSR was like France (no offence) and Nazis took USSR , no one really would stop them. We would all live now in different world for sure, so instead of criticizing by saying "WOW , SO MANY PEOPLE DIED BECAUSE OF DICTATOR STALIN" just be thankful that millions of our granddads lost their life there , so you can have your life , where you are.

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  17. Excellent channel, Eastory. Good way of visualising a battle. Easier to see what's going on than just reading about it. Also, as a Brit, it's good to get more information on what was happening in the East during the war.

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  18. bei dem angriff auf moskau waren keine 1,9 millionen soldaten mehr vorhanden, die soll stärke der einheiten lag oftmals bei 50% , gerade bei den panzern und mobilien truppen war der verschleiß sehr hoch

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  19. so many good people died, and comunists win, and east europe suffer for decades, if i meet russians, they dont have hate inside against germans, but if i meet western citizins like dutch, usa, french, they hate germany for that…im proud to be german and im proud to have ancestors like brave hard fighting soldiers

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  20. the peacefully sovjets, nobody listen, that they had millions of troops at the border, thousands planes tankes etc…stalin was prepared to attack western europe, like the baltic states,

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  21. Here is the best documentary on the Barbarossa campaign. https://youtu.be/hAfcOYKMPP4
    It clearly shows how the Germans had chance after chance after chance to win.
    But their greatest strength was not set free: the best officers, generals and field marshals in the world…they were held back, hindered, crippled and fired by Hitler and his incompetent Nazi leadership gang.

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  22. living in the east, people forget it was actually the eastern people who wanted war with the west, and the west found out and were forced into war before the east could prepare properly

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  23. Germans should have stoped their offensive in the Dombass-Smolensk-Talin.
    And they should have secured those cities.
    Japanese should have attacked URSS by East instead of China.
    Axis could have won that war.

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  24. Stupid. Советский Союз не был союзником Германии, точно так же, как сегодня Россия не союзник США.

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  25. "Командир стрелковой роты,
    Две атаки – медсанбат,
    Минометы, самолеты
    Для пехоты – это ад!

    Удержать любой ценою!
    Объяснений не приму!
    Устоишь – к Звезде Героя,
    А отступишь – пристрелю!

    За потери не осудим,
    Дан приказ и выполняй!
    Паникеров, если будут,
    Перед строем расстреляй!

    Так обычно перед боем
    Говорил ему комбат.
    Жизнь в бою гроша не стоит,
    Так на фронте говорят!"

    Не сдержался, виноват.

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  26. Very nice 👍🏻
    But who made money from
    Making guns
    And gunpowder?
    And bullets
    Bullets kill
    Who made them and were they were made
    Show these people?

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  27. Germany's main ally is Nazi England with its British Union of Fascists. The USSR was never even a nominal ally. Non-aggression pacts are concluded only by opponents.

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  28. Little known fact, Stalin was planning on attacking first based on the positions of the soviet army in 1940/early 1941 and other declassified documents. Stalin's plan was to take over Europe using the war and spread the Soviet Union. But he didn't attack and pulled back because he didn't want the USSR to be seen as the aggressor. The forces may have been unaware of the coming Germans, but Stalin and the generals were. it would be much easier to take over Europe as the power that rescues it. So he let Germany attack, but he didn't plan on them getting so far and on Barbarossa to be so potent.

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  29. Seems that there is kind of "tradition" for Europeans – once per a century to go to war to Russia. To bring them "real european values" with blood and weapons. Interesting , who will be the next one ?

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  30. 26 000 000 victims !!!!! again 26 000 000 !!!! so english and americans , please shut up ..and on your knees !

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  31. The USSR was never a "former ally". A non aggression pact is not an alliance. How could the USSR ally itself with the "anti-Comintern Axis"?

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  32. А потом как дали пиздюлей, до сих пор у них голова кружится.

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  33. Poland occupied Moscow in 1612 – nothing special, for Hitler and Napoleon it was something special XD 🙂

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  34. Russia wouldn't have won without our aid, we wouldn't have won without the Russians. We are natural allies politics aside. We should still be allies, especially once the iron curtain came down. Until we made China great by giving them all our manufacturing we were the 2 greatest countries on earth and don't really compete for the same resources. If we had pooled our efforts we would be colonizing Mars by now or certainly shortly.

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  35. Creo que la guerra con Rusia carecio de sentdo,en virtud del pacto firmado,ambos lo estaba cumpiendo u Y Rusi hata el dia antes de su invasion estuvo proporcionando aAlemania cereale de Crimea,petroleo y ottras matetias basicas.Ambos paises con economis muy diferentes pero co complementarias ,eran 2 potencias mundiales con unos valore e ideales, que aunque ambas tenian unas oligrquis tamben estaba favoreciendo a la clase trabadora.Ammbas podrian hber subsistdo con con frontras clasras,como lo lo hacen ahora rusia y China.Es verdad que ambas eran totaltaras,pero los neocapitalismos y liberalismos que estamos sufriendo en la actualidad,con la destrucución de los paiises que se hacen un poco laicos y las decenas de millones de muertos,lagenormrbreccha economica qntre riquisimo y pauperrimos,la falta de ideales ,la avalancha de inmigrantes del sur hacia el norte,la falta de respaldo economico de l dolar.Las guerras como 1ª industria. Todoesoes mejor.?Creo que seria una cuestion larga a debatir.la social dmocraca ha terminado.Cual es el futuro?

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  36. What the fuck, Russia’s winter is like a whole new army it self what in the fuck. It’s like their winter is better than their nukes like holy shit

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  37. 0:50 author, are you an idiot? The entire leadership of the USSR knew about the attack, but some leaders were touristy and did not want to believe military intelligence.

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  38. perang dunia ke II adalah eropa (diwakili jerman) ingin menguasai rusia/asia, sekarang dunia dipenuhi populasi penduduk ingin makan semua berarti krisis ekonomi ke III artinya bisa perang dunia ke III amirika ingin menguasai china/rusia dan persiapan PD III utk tempat pemicu dimana akan dilakukan sbg pemantik PD III. Bgmn para penggemar militer melihat situasi spt ini…..

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  39. In Pearl Harbor – simply Americans were less prepared to war actions and less skilled that why Japan wins. Short resume on video.

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