Stalingrad Soviet Soldiers Fire Back At Germans
When we talk about warfare we often have little to compare it with but Hollywood. But even Hollywood has barely depicted the the largest combat operation of all times: Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet union. Sometimes what becomes a battle and what remains a combat operation is a matter of semantics. On June 22nd, 1941 at 0315 hours, a line that staged from the Southern Baltic to the southern plains of Bucharest moved Easterward. Pre empted by a 15 minute articllery barrage on far western Soviet outposts, the Germans fired 4,400 guns and then 3.2 million Nazis under arms, and 1.4 million Axis Allies, 700,000 horses, 500,000 vehicles, 65,00 tanks, 5,000 aircraft, and possibly a million slave labor all headed in the same direction. From the northern most staging line to the southern most, there were battles raging. From the time that it began for the next four months, the numbers of Russians who were incloved, killed, or captured dwarfs the populations of most countries.
The total number of mobilized Soviets was 34, 476,000.
The total number of Soviet dead was around 28 million. (Compare that with 405,000, the total number if US casualties in WWII).
The total number of Russian POWs was 4 million.
Absolute War. Chris Bellamy, Knoff Purblishers, 2007.