June 22, 2004 [LINK]

Operation Barbarossa

Today is the 63rd anniversary of Nazi Germany's surprise invasion of the Soviet Union, code-named "Operation Barbarossa." Within six short weeks, the Germans had advanced two-thirds of the way to Moscow, and nearly everyone expected the Red Army to collapse. Then Hitler interfered with the plans, sending his forces toward the south, probably losing the war in the process.

NOTE: This is a "post facto" blog post, taken from the pre-November 2004 archives.