The First Month of Operation Barbarossa - Every 8 hours (22/06/41 - 22/07/41)

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This video is meant to portray the Eastern front in a meticulous manner. It is extremely difficult to get the order of battles for every 8 hours, so please treat the time cycle with a bit of caution. That being said, I made sure to include the correct time frames for major operations. Since the Soviet Unionw as so big, I had to take liberties in determining the extent of advances. For example, If Axis units took X city which is adjacent to Y city and there are no records of encirclement, then I would simply draw a broad advance along the front line. The reason I chose the 8 hour time frame is because it allows me to portray daily counter-attacks much more clearly, giving a better impression of the Soviet defenses in the first month. I like other vidoes that portray this time period like Emperortigerstars video on ww2, but it lacks in portraying the Eastern front with honesty, since it fundamentally lacks the inclusion of widespread Soviet counter-attacks (the exception is in the Smolensk area) and also only portrays Soviet encirclements at the Army level. This video attempts to fix that by portraying more encirclements such as the encirclement of two mechanized corps in Raseiniai. It even seeks to portray division level encirclements like in Liozno, where Joseph Stalins son was captured. My plan for this series is to show each month of the Eastern front seperately, until I can compile all my videos into one large video. The reason I posted this was because this is a very long term project and I do not want to stop posting content because of it. I still however want viewers to get a better grasp of the Eastern front. I wanted to include sound effects for the video but I felt music was enough. I did not want to detract from the content for the sake of aesthetics. I also included major partisan operations like the forest brothers in Estonia and Lithuanian rebels. Although they were not part of the Axis, for simplicity sake I included them. [Source] A lot of wikipedia on World War 2 A lot of wikipedia on former Soviet towns and cities Google Map for reference points When Titans Clashed - David Glantz Portraits are from Hearts of Iron 4 and pictures are from the web. [Music] Video Game Soldiers by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://www.twinmusicom.org/song/295/video-game-soldiers Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org Hero's Theme by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://www.twinmusicom.org/song/280/heros-theme Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org End of the Era by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100452 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ This video portrays the start of Operation Barbarossa from June 22, 1941 until July 22, 1941. My next video will be from July 23, 1941 - August 23, 1941. If you enjoyed this please subscribe for more content. [PATREON] https://www.patreon.com/blitzofthereich

Comments from Youtube

Djdino : This video and your works deserves more eyes.

Captain Haddock : Would have appreciated if the video was longer, but slower :) but great video

Niels Harksen : Excellent video, I hope you can keep this level of detail, until you get to the end of 1941 or even the end of the Soviet winter counterattack. A few comments: It would be great if you used a map which has greater detail, at least major rivers&cities and important railways, though it must not distract from the frontline animation. In addition, I think you could zoom in a bit more, so the main front gets a higher share of the screen. But thats only nitpicking, again thanks for the work!

Blitz Of The Reich : The reception this video has received has really motivated me to make a next video. I am currently working on a documentary however want to know- should I do it!?!

Chris And : the battle for the world right here ladies and gentlemen..great video my friend.

Bill D. in Iowa : Thank you so much for your efforts. Is it possible to place a few of the larger cities on the map so we can get a sense of scale? It's a big country and points of reference would really help. Nice job so far.

Nikome Ne Valjam : This is excellent content, top notch! I'm the kind'a'guy used to top history content from Military History Visualized or The Great War and the quality of this is amazing! You're on a excellent path here and you have a ready and hungry audience waiting! Subbed!

MrGreggles : This is really fascinating. I didn't realise for example that the southern sector was so late to the party. Suggestion: Have a few city names as geographical reference points. Well done sir!

frjoethesecond : Do a few more like this and your channel should really take off. You deserve it.

magisterartium : Good video man! Keep up the good work.

cramnkey13469721907 : Stunning video. Would love to see more of these

SG42 : Amazing time lapse. Keep up the great work!

Alix Grattieri : the lack of fighting in the Southern front is really interesting! good work !

FallenByTheHand : It really show how quick the axis advance was during the first month and especially during the first week. It really raises the question "What happened in september-october-november" to slow the German advance. (and yes I already know some answers to this question). I already knew Hitler advanced faster than Napoleon during the opening weeks, but ended up needing more time to reach Moscow than Napoleon.

Tim Tool : The world would've been a better place if Europeans focused on upholding their empires instead of fighting each other... Now the occident has fallen...

Jean H : Great job! Had to pause it a lot to keep up but I loved it, very informative!! Please keep making these!

Yzb. CutMe Orses : eventhough i stopped to read the info, still fast.. dude..

That guy : can we get more of this

TheHitman2500 : Not bad at all! Could you give me some info on the 124th Infantry div. surrounded on the 23rd of June? Can't find any info on it

Anthony J. : Great video !

HNTR KLLR : Good summaries.

Jeffrey Viands-Reyes : Did that say,"Brody was captured."?

John Van Amburg : It would be helpful to have an indication of where on the map the battles are taking place at each time period.

Niels Harksen : Is a continuation of the video series planned?I would love to see the entire struggle of 1941 unfold on a map one day :)

Lord Meowric : Great video

Žervé CZ : Blitzkrieg was good tactic for small countries, but not for big as Russia was :D

New Sheed : I could not stop pausing. Question: after so many pockets were made and viped out how did it happen that front basically stabilized, most of advance happened in lets say first two weeks.

James Doz : nice, My one issue and its nothing large, maybe add the Large Cites on the map to give people a reference

superbleeder98 : Remove sauerkraut.