The soviets fought hard against the german offensive

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The Soviets fought hard against the German offensive, losing millions of soldiers and civilians in the process. The Soviet losses were compensated however, as with every passing day the German offensive’s intensity and force was lessened. What was supposed to be a three to four month battle dragged on for several more. By the time the Germans had reached Moscow, they were much weaker than they were back in June. The Russian winter was coming, and this would prove to be a deadly blow for the Germans. The winter would weaken the German forces, and allow for the Soviets to capitalize. Once the Soviets launched their counterattack, Operation Barbarossa was over. The Germans were forced to retreat, and having failed to take the Soviet Union would prove to be the beginning of the end for the Germans. The German offensive into the Soviet Union cost the Germans a lot. They lost millions of men as well as hundreds of thousands of tanks, aircraft, and vehicles. More importantly, the Germans faced a much bigger problem in that they would now have to fight a war on two fronts. They had to fight the Americans and the British in the west, and had to fight the Russians in the East. The Germans were now on full defensive mode, and it was only a matter of time before they would break and Allied forces surrounded Berlin. Operation Barbarossa proved to be the downfall of the Germans, as it weakened their forces, stopped their offensive, and forced them to fight a war on two fronts. Had I been a German military leader at the time, I would have done some things differently in order to assure the success of Operation Barbarossa. I would have scheduled the operation to begin during the Russian winter, as our forces could have been prepared for the harsh weather. In addition, it would have allowed the concluding months pf the operation to not occur during the winter, thus eliminating the weather as an obstacle. Without the Russian winter, Operation Barbarossa would have been a success, and the course of the war would have completely changed in favor of Germany and the Axis.
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