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Battles in Russia. Battle of Leningrad – July 1941. Involved 516,000 Germans and Russians Initial battle lasts 83 days Germany retreats and regroups 2 nd German attack results in another retreat August Germany takes over railroads 641,000 Russians die from starvation

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battle of leningrad july 1941
Battle of Leningrad – July 1941
  • Involved 516,000 Germans and Russians
  • Initial battle lasts 83 days
  • Germany retreats and regroups
  • 2nd German attack results in another retreat
  • August Germany takes over railroads
  • 641,000 Russians die from starvation
  • Start shipping supplies across Lake Ladoga and air drops
  • Lasted 900 days
battle of stalingrad
Battle of Stalingrad
  • Germans (General Paulus):
    • 500 tanks
    • 25,000 horses
    • 7.000 guns and mortars
  • Killed or captures around 50,000 Russian solders
  • Advance was usually delayed by supplies
  • Luftwaffe bombs city killing thousands
  • Tanks roll into city to find a well fortified army
russians in stalingrad
Russians in Stalingrad
  • Snipers, machine guns nest & camouflaged artillery
  • Tanks less effective in city
  • Moscow falls but fighting continues
  • "You may rest assured that nobody will ever drive us out of Stalingrad." –Hitler
  • 40,000 German solders are lost by this time
continued stalingrad
Continued Stalingrad
  • Paulus asks for reinforcements: more tanks and engineers arrive
  • Oct. 19 Paulus controls 90% of city
  • Paulus launches last offensive even though his lack ammunition and food
  • Red army repels attack
  • Germans stand their ground, but at a terrible loss
battle of stalingrad ends
Battle of Stalingrad ends
  • The battle for Stalingrad was over. Over 91,000 men were captured and a further 150,000 had died during the siege. The German prisoners were forced marched to Siberia. About 45,000 died during the march to the prisoner of war camps and only about 7,000 survived the war.
battle of kursk
Battle of Kursk
  • last major offensive launched by the Germans on the Eastern Front.
  • Turning point in the war
  • Largest tank battle in history
  • Russians amassing 1,300,000 men, 3,600 tanks, 20,000 artillery pieces and 2,400 aircraft. The Germans also assembled a formidable fighting force which was slightly smaller with 900,000 men 2,700 tanks 2,000 aircraft. As well as the three premier Waffen SS divisions taking part.    
losses
Losses
  • The total number of losses for the whole offensive were put at 100,000 men killed or wounded. The Soviet  casualty figures were not released until the end of the communist regime in the USSR and were recorded at 250,000 killed and 600,000 wounded. They also lost 50% of their tank strength.