"Operation Barbarossa was not merely a military operation, but also a planned economic program expected to encompass the deaths of tens of millions of people through starvation from forced seizure of supplies to feed the Wehrmacht, an objective which it partially obtained." (Max Hastings)  Operation Barbarossa, 1941

"Operation Barbarossa was not merely a military operation, but also a planned economic program expected to encompass the deaths of tens of millions of people through starvation from forced seizure of supplies to feed the Wehrmacht, an objective which it partially obtained." (Max Hastings) Operation Barbarossa, 1941

JUNE 22, 1941: Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, began. image: Operation Barbarossa - Graphic of the Day | The Knowledge Effect

JUNE 22, 1941: Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, began. image: Operation Barbarossa - Graphic of the Day | The Knowledge Effect

German soldier throwing stick grenade, while a  house is burning behind him. operation Barbarossa 1941

German soldier throwing stick grenade, while a house is burning behind him. operation Barbarossa 1941

Portrait of a Totenkopf Division soldier in the battlefield during Operation Barbarossa in 1941.

Portrait of a Totenkopf Division soldier in the battlefield during Operation Barbarossa in 1941.

German soldiers of the Großdeutschland Division, one of them equipped with a flamethrower, advance through field during Operation Barbarossa.

German soldiers of the Großdeutschland Division, one of them equipped with a flamethrower, advance through field during Operation Barbarossa.

Battle of Kharkov, Operation Barbarossa - 5 SS Panzer Grenadier Division, "Viking", October 1941.:

Battle of Kharkov, Operation Barbarossa - 5 SS Panzer Grenadier Division, "Viking", October 1941.:

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