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Nazi-Soviet War (Soviet Invasion of Germany 1940)

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Nazi-Soviet War
Beginning:

May 13, 1940

End:

May 7, 1942

Place:

Central, Eastern, Northern Europe.

Outcome:

Decisive Allied victory,
End of Nazi Germany
End of World War II in Europe
Creation of People's Republic of Poland
Start of the Cold War

Major battles:

First Battle of Warsaw

Combatants

Soviet Union
People's Republic of Poland (1941-42)
Yugoslavia (1940-42)

Germany
Italy (1940-41)
Finland (1940-41)

Commanders

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

Strength

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.

Major Battles

Battle Result Date Strength Casualties
Battle of Brest Soviet Victory May 14, 1940 -

May 17, 1940

  • Germany: 26,000
  • Soviet Union: 83,400
  • German casualties: 10,748
  • Soviet casualties: 58,347
Battle of Volodymyr-Volynskyi German Victory May 29, 1940 - May 31, 1940
  • Germany: 25,000
  • Soviet Union: 17,678
  • German casualties: 4323
  • Soviet casualties: 15,321

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