"You only have to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down."
Those words were German leader Adolf Hitler's frank opinion of tackling the Soviet Union in all out war. Where, at one time, these two nations signed a non-aggression pact to avoid direct war with one another, Hitler went on to make perhaps his greatest ego-induced strategic blunder of the war through his invasion of the Soviet Union under Operation Barbarossa in June of 1941.
Initial progress for the Germans was excellent, completely catching the Soviets by surprise. German forces pushed up to Smolensk but the questionable order to relocate this unstoppable army's resources to battle Soviet elements near Kiev bypassed a critical chance for the Germans to march directly on Moscow at a most critical moment. The move allowed for Soviet forces to regroup in other parts of the country and delayed surrender in time for the Red Army to gear up for the long war ahead.
A massive Soviet offensive in the winter of 1941 would force the Germans to retreat along many fronts of their initial thrusts. The only thing that would stop the Soviets, it would seem, was their own fatigue of having been in constant fighting for weeks on end. Supply issues then began to take their toll and ultimately delayed advancements even further. By the end of April 1942, over 1 million German soldiers lay dead. ©www.SecondWorldWarHistory.com
There are a total of (11) entries in the Timeline of the Soviet Offensive (June 1941 - April 1942). Entries are listed below by earliest date to latest date.