Bhatia 1 Anand Bhatia Mr. Fuciarelli CHC-2D May 13, 2019 Operation Barbarossa: Hitler’s Gravest Mistake? Adolf Hitler was the dictator of Nazi Germany from the years 1933 to 1945. He was a leader that wanted the best for the German population. By 1941, Hitler had taken over France and most of Europe except Britain and the Soviet Union. On June 22 nd 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union and Hitler had taken over 1/3 rd of the country but the Soviets did not give up and they pushed the Nazis back to Germany. Operation Barbarossa was detrimental to Hitler’s success in World War Two. Firstly, his army took heavy casualties to the front line which meant that they did not have enough strength to engage in combat. Secondly, Hitler was also very overconfident in its army’s strength and capabilities. Thirdly, He was unprepared for the Russian winter and he had not given his army any proper winter clothing. Finally, Hitler refused to listen to any of his Generals and his army for strategic moves to defeat the Soviet Union. A leading factor in the failure of Operation Barbarossa was the number of casualties on the Nazis side. During this Operation, the German army had seven times the casualties that they took in the Battle of The Bulge. “ The graves of German dead are marked with a simple cross and their steel helmets. The Germans suffered over 750,000 casualties during Operation 'Barbarossa', with some 200,000 men killed.” ( - germanys-failure-in-the-soviet-union ). When the Soviet Union started to retaliate, the German
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