On June 22, 1941, Adolf Hitler unleashed an army of 3 million for a blitzkrieg conquest of the Soviet Union. He should have had second thoughts since Napoleon had begun his disastrous invasion of Russia 120 years earlier on that very day! During the Second World War over 10 million Germans and Russians would fight for four years over a 1,500-mile front stretching from the Arctic Ocean to the Caucuses. Learn about the political leaders, generals, soldiers, and common people who were swept up in these titanic events. Consider how the outcome of this German-Russian campaign shaped the map of Europe for the next 50 years. Only today can we begin to fully understand its fatal legacy for the people of Europe.
Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon