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Barbarossa

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

Nickname (‘Redbeard’) of Frederick I (c. 1123–90), king of Germany and Holy Roman emperor.

Barbarossa was the code name for the military operation in which Hitler's armies launched...

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battle of Smolensk

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

Having demolished the Soviet West front (army group) in the Białystok–Minsk encirclement, and covered 475 km. (295 mi.) in two weeks at the start of the German–Soviet war (see also...

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Białystok–Minsk

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

On 22 June 1941, the day the German invasion of the USSR was launched (see BARBAROSSA) at the start of the German–Soviet war, German armoured forces began their first true ...

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FM Erich von Manstein

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

(1887–1973).

Manstein was commissioned into 3rd Foot Guards, Hindenburg's old regiment, in 1906, and during WW1 he fought at Verdun and the Somme. In 1937 he became DCGS, but was...

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Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov

Overview page. Subjects: Military History — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 11 Dec. 1896, d. 18 June 1977).

Marshal of the Soviet Union Born in Strelkova (near Moscow), the son of a shoemaker enlisted in the Red Army in 1918 and fought in the Russian...

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German–Soviet war

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

For a more detailed discussion of the first six months of the German–Soviet war, see BARBAROSSA. For the contributions of Germany's allies in the war see Blue Division, Finnish–Soviet war...

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Kiev

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Located on the river Dnieper, on the trade routes from central Europe and the Baltic to Byzantium and the Arab caliphates, Kiev had been settled for several centuries before Varangian ...

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Kiev encirclement

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

During the opening phase (see BARBAROSSA) of the German–Soviet war, the point of Kleist's First Panzer Group reached this Soviet city's outer defensive ring on 11 July 1941 and then ...

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Konstantin Konstantinovich Rokossovsky

Overview page. Subjects: World History.

(1896–1968)

Polish-born Soviet field-marshal. Rokossovsky enlisted in the Tsarist army and joined the Red Army in 1919. Arrested during Stalin's purges, he was released from prison...

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Lithuania

Overview page. Subjects: History by Period.

A Baltic country whose history has been closely enmeshed with that of its large neighbours, Russia and Poland.

Early history (up to 1918)

Lithuania was tied to Poland for...

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