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This picture depicts the 8th SS Division on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. This type of the T-34 was produced from 1942 onwards, and it provided increased armor to the tank. You can always distinguish the earlier models by the turret. On June 22nd of 1941, the Germans invaded the Soviet Union with 3 Million men, 3,000 tanks, 1 million axis allies, 2,700 aircraft, and 7,200 artillery pieces. They went up against around 2.8 million Soviets, 11-20,000 Soviet tanks, and around 8,000 aircraft. You might be wondering how the Germans did so well in the first year and a half as, statistically, they were inferior to the Red Army and Air Force. The Germans prevailed by using their superior tanks and aircraft, their strategy of blitzkrieg, along with the element of surprise to strike the Soviets hard and penetrate deep with unrelenting force. This allowed for the Germans to constantly put their enemy in a position of inferiority and always had the Red Army either in a trap or in a hard retreat. The fact that the Soviets had more tanks meant nothing. They were almost all T-26's and BT's, and these stood no chance against the well trained concentrated Panzer divisions. The Soviets did start putting newer T-34 and KV-1 within their tank units, and while these surprised the Germans and made their advance more difficult, they did not change the state of the conflict. Massive Red Army pockets were completely encircled and wiped out, and around 6 million soviet troops were taken prisoner in 1941 alone. But still, they called up seemingly in extinguishable numbers of men, many from Siberia, and made a strong defense for Moscow. Due to the diversion of panzers from Army Group Centre to Army Group South (where there was more German resistance) combined with Autumn mud and winter snows, the Germans were forced to slow their advance, and after the push to the Soviet capital was restarted, the Soviets where more prepared for their enemy by this time, with heavy defenses around Moscow, and when the Germans were stalled, a Red Army counter-attack actually succeeded in pushing the Germans back. The German Military would never get as close to Moscow as they did in 1941.

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