As the beginning of 1942 came, a part of
Soviet land was under Nazi
control. Yet the hard winter had caused the Nazi's to stop
dead in their tracks to take over Russia. As
the standstill continued on, the Soviets were mobilizing men in an effort
to raise their troop strength to 9 million. The factories that produced
the Soviet war machine were moved out of harm's way and were beginning new
life into the desperate Soviet army.
Soviet prisoners are being treated with no respect by the German forces. Reports
tell us that by February 1942, 2.8 to 3.9 million Soviet P.O.W.s (or
prisoners of war) were killed. The German forces executed hundreds of
thousands. The others are reported to of died from the horrible conditions
they were kept in.
Stalin is believed to have realized that Hitler had a summer offense in his pocket.
So Stalin did the obvious thing and put his reinforcements in front of
Moscow. When Hitler finally withdrew his forces 85 miles away from Moscow,
Stalin could not wait for him to strike. He ordered an attack in May to
take back the southern city of Kharkov. Soviet forces felt a strong sense
of strong German resistance and were forced to retreat.
Shortly after the battle of Kharkov, Hitler started his summer offense. He
towards the valuable oil fields of Malikop and Gronzy. When Hitler finally
reached the Gronzy fields, he found that the Soviets had destroyed the
fields. Hitler therefore turned his forces towards Stalingrad.
Beginning of Alliances
Invasion of Finland
Annexation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
Russians Lost the War in Eight Days"
Kiev, and Stalingrad
Battle for Moscow
of the Invasion of the Soviet Union
Battle of Stalingrad
Red Army Strikes Back
Big Three Meet
Siege for Berlin
Surrender of Germany