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In , a Government official confided to an American correspondent that, when he had been mobilized in June , one rifle was available for every fourth man. The remainder were told to arm themselves from the dead. The Russian losses in men and materiel in the first months of the war far exceeded those suffered by Germany's enemies in Western Europe.
During the first three months, the Russians suffered military casualties of , in killed and wounded. In just the double battle of Vyazma and Bryansk in October , the Russians had , troops taken prisoner and lost 12, tanks and 5, guns.
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But the Red Army soldiered on. It took two years, and the Russian victory at Stalingrad, before a new generation of skilled general officers - such as Zhukov and Marshal Constantin Rokossovsky -emerged to take command of forces whose new tanks and aircraft bore witness to the prodigies of Soviet industry and the aid sent Russia from Britain and the United States. In the invasion's first weeks, however, few could envision the Russian turnaround. In the first month's fighting, the Germans advanced miles into Russia.
Smolensk, on the road to Moscow, was taken.
Leningrad was assailed. Kiev, in the Ukraine, braced for an assault. Each day, the steel-tipped German columns bit more deeply into Russia, scouring the wheat fields, demolishing the pitiful villages, destroying great cities. To the anxious watchers in London, and even more to observers in Washington, a German victory and the destruction of the Communist state seemed inevitable.
Occasionally, a whiff of optimism appeared among the military. In London late that summer, an anonymous British brigadier, lately returned from Moscow, emphasized that if the Red Army could hold on until winter, the German offensive would come to a halt.
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He said that the resilience of the Russian people and army, now inspired by national rather than party fervor, should not be discounted. There weren't many like him. There was an almost English understatement in Stalin's message to Winston Churchill on July 18 that ''the position of the Soviet forces at the front remains tense. Then, this early in the campaign, Hitler made a major mistake. The Fuhrer's strategy prevailed over the more orthodox approach of Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch, the commander in chief, who held that Marshal Simeon Timoshenko's battered army group covering Moscow must be defeated and the city - the political, military and communications center of the Soviet state - taken.
Hitler, now convinced that he was a military genius, thought otherwise. He wanted to win more territory: the Donets Basin and its industrial resources in the southern Ukraine; the Crimea and the oil of the Caucasus; Leningrad, renamed for the founder of the Communist state. Divisions were diverted from the Central Army Group to strengthen the northern and southern wings of the invasion force.
HITLER'S FORGOTTEN ARMIES: Combat in Norway and Finland
When the time came to resume the offensive on Moscow, snow was already falling on shivering German columns and the drive stalled under the fire of a slowly reviving Red Army. The diplomatic counterpoint to this explosion of German fire and steel is one of the strangest episodes of World War II. The Soviet Government's refusal from late onward to face the exigent facts has no parallel in that war. For Operation Barbarossa, as the German invasion of Russia was code named, was one of the war's worst-kept secrets.
On Dec. Only nine copies of this ''Secret Matter for the Command Only'' were circulated.
Yet little more than a week later, according to Andre Brissaud's biography of Adm. Wilhelm Canaris, Hitler's chief of intelligence, British intelligence laid the guts of the Barbarossa plan before Churchill, including the sentence, ''The most far-reaching preparations must be commenced now and completed by 15 May, , if not before. British intelligence watched the gradual buildup of German forces in the east throughout the winter: such and such a division had passed through Dresden; Stuka squadrons had been routed out of comfortable billets in France and sent to the Polish plains.
Welles's timing was slightly off.