Hitler's decision to renege on his alliance with Stalin and invade Russia in June 1941 was to have the most far reaching consequences for the world. Indeed, if there was one critical turning point in the Second World War, it would have to be this.
The latest book in the Images of War series uses over 300 rare contemporary photographs to capture the scale, intensity and brutality of the fighting that was unleashed on 22 June 1941. No less than 4.5 million men of the Axis Power advanced on a 2,900 kilometer front.
We see how the apparently unstoppable German led assaults crushed the Soviet resistance. But not for the first time Russian determination aided by the terrible winter conditions and over extended lines of communication checked the Nazi onslaught.
In the annals of warfare there has never arguably been such a bitter and costly campaign.
Stuka: Hitler's Lethal Dive Bomber
By: Alistair Smith
By: Nigel Cave
Winter Warfare on the Russian Front
Edited & Introduced by: Bob Carruthers
Swift to Battle: 72 Fighter Squadron RAF in Action
By: Tom Docherty
Tracing Your Ancestors Through Letters and Personal Writings
By: Ruth Alexandra Symes
Air War Over the Atlantic
By: Manfred Griehl
Ian Fleming's Secret War
By: Craig Cabell
JUNKERS Ju 88: The Early Years - Blitzkrieg to the Blitz
By: Chris Goss
Ladysmith: The Siege
By: Lewis Childs