Deception & Surprise
Army Group North
Army Group Center
Army Group South
Battle of Smolensk
Battle of Kiev
Siege of Leningrad
Why Did Barbarossa Fail?
In the Media
The Road to Stalingrad
Frontier Battles During Operation Barbarossa
The German attack was announced on morning of the same day on the radio by Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, who said "At this moment a march is taking place that, for its extent, compares with the greatest the world has ever seen. I have decided today to place the fate and future of the Reich and our people in the hands of our soldiers. May God aid us, especially in this fight.".
Vyacheslav Molotov announced the German attack to the stunned Soviet people around noon on the same day: "Citizens and Citizenesses of the Soviet Union! Today, at four o'clock in the morning, without addressing any grievances to the Soviet Union, without declaration of war, German forces fell on our country, attacked our frontiers in many places and bombed our cities... an act of treachery unprecedented in the history of civilized nations... The Red Army and the whole nation will wage a victorious Patriotic War for our beloved country, for honour, for liberty.. Our cause is just. The enemy will be beaten. Victory will be ours."
Once the attack begun, this is what happened in each sector of the massive front:
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