Soviet Union People's Republic of Poland (1941-42) Yugoslavia (1940-42)
Germany Italy (1940-41) Finland (1940-41)
Joseph Stalin (commander-in-chief)
Georgy Zhukov Boris Shaposhnikov Aleksei Antonov Karol Świerczewski Josip Broz Tito
Adolf Hitler (commander-in-chief)
Walther von Brauchitsch Franz Halder Kurt Zeitzler Heinz Guderian Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
1940 2,900,000 1941 3,600,000 1942 5,300,000
1940 2,200,000 1941 3,100,000 1942 3,900,000
Casualties and Losses
Soviet Union: 5,280,400 killed (on all fronts), 3,849,000 wounded, 2,343,900 POW.
Germany: 2,400,000 killed (on all fronts), 1,000,000 wounded, 600,000 POW.
Nazi-Soviet War also known as Soviet Invasion of Germany was a campaign part of the Eastern Front between Germany and Soviet Union which encompassed North, Central and Southern Europe from May 13, 1940 to May 7, 1942. The invasion was unexpected from Germany which was already at that time invading France. During early days of the war, the Red Army seized territories with no resistance as the remaining German garrison fled to Warsaw from advancing outnumbered Soviet troops. The Red Army had advantages of having large army and stronger allies that Germans were dealing with. However the Germans had better quality armed vehicles and organization of armies which played important part during early battles of Warsaw and Hrubizeow.