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The first English-language podcast to focus on the history of the eastern front of the Second World War.

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The first English-language podcast to focus on the history of the eastern front of the Second World War.

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English


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Zitadelle—the Battle of Kursk, part 2: Episode 52

7/8/2024
What I thought would be a single episode has turned into a series. Here is Part 2 of the biggest tank battle in history — or at least, of the Second World War. Map 1: The Eastern Front, 1943-44 Map 2: Battle of Kursk Map 3: Another map of the Battle of Kursk Image 1: The Tiger heavy tank Image 2: The Panther tank Image 3: The Ferdinand or "Elefant" self-propelled gun Restored Elefant at the United States Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center. Source: Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elefant

Duration:00:32:06

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Summer, 1943 plans: Season 3 opener, Episode 51

6/22/2024
Three seasons! 51 episodes! This season begins with a catch-up on the Eastern Front, and the planning that led to the biggest battle in the history of warfare: Operation Zitadelle and the Battle of Kursk. Map: The Kursk salient, spring 1943 Source: Wikipedia Production and loss tables Table 1: Comparative armaments production, January 1941 – December 1942 1941 1942 Germany USSR Germany USSR Rifles 1,359.000 2,421,000 1,370,000 4,049,000 Machine guns 96,000 149,000 117,000 356,000 Artillery 3,800 41,000 41,000 128,000 Tanks + self-propelled guns 8,400 6,600 6,200 24,700 Combat aircraft 12,400 11,600 21,700 German and Soviet war production. 1942–1944 (thousands of units) 1942 1943 1944 Germany USSR Germany USSR Germany USSR RIfles + submachine guns 1,602 4,619 2,509 4,801 3,085 3,006 Machine guns 117 356 263 458 509 439 Artillery 41 128 74 130 148 122 Tanks + self-propelled guns 6 24 11 24 18 29 Combat aircraft 12 22 19 30 34 33 Soviet tank and self-propelled gun losses 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Tanks and self-propelled guns available 28,200 35,700 47,900 59,100 48,900 Losses Heavy tanks 900 1,200 1,300 900 900 Medium tanks 2,300 6,600 14,700 13,800 7,500 Light tanks 17,300 7,200 6,400 2,300 300 Self-propelled guns 0 100 1,100 6,800 5,000 Source: Mawdsley, Thunder in the East, 2016 Images: The German Tiger tank,Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E Tiger tank in Kharkiv, 1943 The German Panther tank, Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Source: Wikipedia. Sources: Antony Beevor, The Second World War. London, UK: Little, Brown and Co., 2012. Evan Mawdsley, Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941–1945. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Anthony Tucker-Jones, Slaughter on the Eastern Front: Hitler and Stalin’s War 1941–1945. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press, 2017 Wikipedia: The Battle of Kursk.

Duration:00:45:54

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Looking back, taking stock: Episode 50

5/21/2024
For this special episode, a special treat for listeners: new theme music by composer Nicolas Bury. At the mid-point of the fighting on the Eastern Front of World War II, it's a good time to take a look back at what's happened in the USSR and around the world. Map 1: Operation Barbarossa to Operation Typhoon Map 2: Operation Blue

Duration:00:40:57

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Bombing Hitler's Hometown: A conversation with author Mike Croissant

5/6/2024
On 25 April 1945, 700 bombers and fighters of the U.S. 15th Air Force raided Linz, Germany, the town where Adolf Hitler grew up. Although neither the air crews nor the people of Linz could know it, it would be the last major Allied air raid of the Second World War. And one of the costliest in terms of U.S. casualties. Mike Croissant's uncle Ellsworth Croissant was one of the bombardiers on that air raid. That connection led the retired CIA analyst to write a book about it: Bombing Hitler's Hometown: The Untold Story of the Last Mass Bomber Raid of World War II in Europe. It's a very personal story that brings the reader onto the airplanes. Author Mike Croissant tells us about the raid, its aftermath, the people there, and how he came to write it. You can read my review of the book on my blog, https://writtenword.ca/2024/04/the-last-major-air-raid-of-world-war-ii/. You can get the book in electronic and hardcover formats from Kensington Books.

Duration:00:33:55

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Bombing Hitler's Hometown, part 2: Episode 49

4/7/2024
Author Mike Croissant describes the family connection that inspired his research into the last mass bombing raid of the Second World War in Europe. His book, Bombing HItler's Hometown: The Untold Story of the Last Mass Bomber Raid of World War II in Europe, was published in March. It's available in better bookstores and through online e-tailers through Kensington Publishing.

Duration:00:27:10

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Meetings and agreements: Episode 47

4/7/2024
Mussolini was not happy about being in the Axis by 1943. And Stalin refused to attend the Casablanca Conference with Churchill and Roosevelt. Meetings of the summit and other senior leaders of the Axis and Allied powers through the war show the evolution of each side's war aims between 1939 and 1945. Map: The Kursk salient, spring 1943 Image 1: Roosevelt and Churchill aboard the HMS Prince of Wales at the Argentia Conference, August 1941. Seated: President Franklin D. Roosevelt (left) and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Standing directly behind them: Admiral Ernest J. King, USN; General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army; General Sir John Dill, British Army; Admiral Harold R. Stark, USN; and Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, RN. At rear: Harry Hopkins talking with W. Averell Harriman. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Image 2: The Second Moscow Conference, August 1942 Left to right: UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill, USSR Premier Josef Stalin, and W. Averrell Harriman, representing President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Office of War Information Photograph (Wikimedia Commons). Sources: Antony Beevor, The Second World War. London, UK: Little, Brown and Co., 2012. Evan Mawdsley, Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War 1941–1945. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Sean McMeekin, Stalin's War. New York: Basic Books, 2021. Anthony Tucker-Jones, Slaughter on the Eastern Front: Hitler and Stalin’s War 1941–1945. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press, 2017 Wikipedia: various pages. Sound effects by Zapsplat.

Duration:00:38:00

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Holocaust and Uprising: Episode 46

3/24/2024
In April 1943, Jewish people forced into the grossly overcrowded ghetto in Warsaw rose up against the nazis, killing hundreds of SS soldiers. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising failed, but its memory lives on. SS members force Jewish people out of shelters for deportation to death camps, spring, 1943. Source: Wikimedia Commons. A map of the Warsaw Ghetto, the area nazi oppressors forced Jewish people to remain in. SS-Brigadeführer Jürgen Stroop (center), commanded of the SS brigade that destroyed the Warsaw Ghetto. In April and May, the SS systematically destroyed every building in the Warsaw Ghetto. SS soldiers continuing to destroy the Warsaw Ghetto, May 1943. Image source: Wikimedia Commons. "Waves of stone, crushed bricks, a sea of brick. There isn’t a single wall intact — the beast’s anger was terrible." — Soviet journalist Vasily Grossman, Warsaw, 1945.

Duration:00:37:19

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The Third Battle of Kharkiv: Episode 45

3/10/2024
After their stunning, bloody defeat at Stalingrad, the Germans withdrew west to the Donets River in Ukraine, and the Red Army swept ahead as much as 800 km. But the Germans were still a potent force, and in March 1943, were ready to retake Kharkiv. Map 1: The counter-attack in the Donbas Map 2: The advances on Kharkiv Map 3: Withdrawal from the Rzhev salient Maps 4 and 5: The front in March 1943

Duration:00:36:08

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Movement returns to the Eastern Front: Episode 44

2/25/2024
After the 6th Army's surrender at Stalingrad, rapid, far-ranging mobility returns to the war on the Eastern Front, as German and Soviet forces advance and retreat hundreds of kilometres. Map 1: The Kuban Bridgehead Map 2: Operation Star Map 3: Von Manstein's counter-offensive A Tiger tank near Kharkiv, 1943 Source: Pinterest.

Duration:00:26:59

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Two victories: Stalingrad and Leningrad, 1943 — Beyond Barbarossa, episode 43

2/11/2024
The Red Army finally scores two major victories in January 1943 — in the two cities where it mattered most. The surrender of the Sixth Army: https://stalingrad.net/german-hq/surrender/surrender.htm Map 1: End of the battle of Stalingrad Map 2: Operation Iskra Source: Wikipedia Photos: The surrender at Stalingrad Left to right: Field Marshal F. Paulus, C-in-C, 6th Army; Gen. W. Schmidt, Chief of Staff; Col. Adam, Paulus' adjutant. General Konstantin Rokossovsky, commander of the Don Front that captured the 6th Army in Stalingrad. The aftermath in Stalingrad. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Duration:00:52:22

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Stalingrad: Ultimatum and Fantasy

1/28/2024
The Germans in the Stalingrad cauldron reject the Soviets' final offer of surrender. The Red Army responds by crushing the cauldron. Map 1: The end of the Kessel Source: Military History Now The ultimatum to Stalingrad: https://www.stalingrad.net/russian-hq/the-russian-ultimatum/rusultimatum.html Images: 3-engine German transport plane lands at Pitomnik airfield. Red Army soldiers attack in the ruins of Stalingrad. Sources: Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942–1943. Penguin Books, 1998. Antony Beevor, The Second World War. London, UK: Little, Brown and Co., 2012. William Craig, Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad. Old Saybrook, CT, USA: Konecky & Konecky, 1973. Anthony Tucker-Jones, Slaughter on the Eastern Front: Hitler and Stalin’s War 1941–1945. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press, 2017 Sound effects by Zapsplat.

Duration:00:51:04

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A Stalingrad Christmas: Beyond Barbarossa, Episode 41

12/18/2023
For the Germans of the 6th Army, Christmas 1942 was a hungry Yule in the freezing Cauldron. Map 1: Operation Uranus, November and December 1942 Map 2: Operation Winter Storm: The German relief attempt Map 3: Operation Winter Storm stalled Failure: Luftwaffe supplies the trapped 6th Army in the Kessel Failure: Operation Winter Storm German soldiers in the Kessel/Cauldron Red Army soldier writes home, December 1942 By December, the Red Army soldiers' morale was very different from the Germans'.

Duration:00:44:08

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Winter Storm & Little Saturn: Beyond Barbarossa, episode 40

12/4/2023
Warfare usually slows down in winter. Not so in Russia in 1942. The Germans launch another huge attack to relieve the 6th Army in Stalingrad. But the Red Army has its own ideas. Map 1: The long, long German lines to Stalingrad Map 2: Operation Uranus Source: Awesome stories Map 3a: Operation Winter Storm Source: https://alchetron.com/cdn/operation-winter-storm-ee2a434c-cf0a-4ef4-a3c3-e87d2e84c08-resize-750.jpeg Map 3b: Operation Winter Storm fails Source: WWIIincolor.com Historical pictures A Panzer III on the steppe in southern Russia, December 1942 Source: Wikimedia Commons Soviet forces in southern Russia, winter 1942. Source: Wikimedia Commons Sources: Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942–1943. Penguin Books, 1998. Antony Beevor, The Second World War. London, UK: Little, Brown and Co., 2012. Anthony Tucker-Jones, Slaughter on the Eastern Front: Hitler and Stalin’s War 1941–1945. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press, 2017 Sound effects by Zapsplat.

Duration:00:44:27

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Operation Mars: Beyond Barbarossa, episode 39

11/20/2023
As three Red Army Fronts move on the German flanks west and south of Stalingrad, two more attack the Rzhev-Vyazma salient west of Moscow. Is it a diversion, or is Mars the twin of Uranus? Map 1: The Rzhev-Vyazma salient Map 2: Operation Mars Historical images Workers from Moscow suburbs handing over new tanks to Soviet servicemen. Source: Commons:RIA Novosti Sources Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942–1943. Penguin Books, 1998. Antony Beevor, The Second World War. London, UK: Little, Brown and Co., 2012. Geoffrey Roberts, Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov. London, UK: Icon Books, 2012. David Glantz, Zhukov's Greatest Defeat: The Red Army's Epic Disaster in Operation Mars, 1942. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press, 1999. Anthony Tucker-Jones, Slaughter on the Eastern Front: Hitler and Stalin’s War 1941–1945. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press, 2017 Sound effects by Zapsplat.

Duration:00:29:29

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Operation Uranus: Beyond Barbarossa, episode 38

11/6/2023
The Soviet high command's strategy to defeat the Germans at Stalingrad took the invaders by surprise. Map 1: The German flanks Map 2: Operation Uranus in action Red Army soldiers in winter camouflage charge across the steppe The T-34 in action in Uranus Northern and southern pincers meet Red Army commanders from the 5th Tank Army and the 4th Mechanized Corps meet on the steppe near Kalach, 23 November 1942. The end of the beginning.

Duration:00:46:00

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Stalingrad part 3: Shocking casualties

10/23/2023
The third installment describing the biggest single battle in history: the siege of Stalingrad. By November 1942, the casualties for attackers and defenders was unsustainable for both sides. The Soviet high command, Stavka, makes a new plan. Pavlov's House Map 1: The city of Stalingrad Map 2: The plan for Operation Uranus Sources Antony Beevor, The Second World War. Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: the Fateful Siege 1942–1943. . William Craig, Enemy at the Gates. Anthony Tucker Jones, Slaughter on the Eastern Front: Hitler and Stalin’s War 1941–1945.

Duration:00:40:09

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The hell of Stalingrad: Beyond Barbarossa episode 36

10/8/2023
In the autumn of 1942, the German 6th Army with Romanian, Hungarian and Italian armies in support, ground into Stalingrad—a hell of their own making. Map: Stalingrad city layout Photos Red Army soldier prepare to defend Stalingrad suburb Stalingrad on fire after bombing, 2 October 1942 The Red October Factory's ruins became hiding places for Red Army defenders Loading a Katyusha rocket launcher Katyusha from military museum General Friedrich Paulus Second from left, Gen. Vasily Chuikov in his headquarters in Stalingrad, 1942. Sources Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942–1943. Penguin Books, 1998. Antony Beevor, The Second World War. London, UK: Little, Brown and Co., 2012. William Craig, Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad. Old Saybrook, CT, USA: Konecky & Konecky, 1973. Anthony Tucker-Jones, Slaughter on the Eastern Front: Hitler and Stalin’s War 1941–1945. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press, 2017 Sound effects by Zapsplat.

Duration:00:48:02

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Ukraine then and now: Beyond Barbarossa episode 35

9/23/2023
A conversation with Romeo Kokriatski and Anthony Bartaway of the Ukraine Without Hype podcast. We talked about the Second World War in Ukraine, and the current war in Ukraine. Ukraine Without Hype https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ukraine-without-hype/id1537219548https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8zY2E5ZGNlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcwhttps://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ukraine-without-hypehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqAUk2oJ9jvb-QcoOoPaiIw@HypeUkrainehttps://player.fm/series/ukraine-without-hype-3319360

Duration:01:07:23

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Resistance, part 2: Episode 34

9/10/2023
National resistance to German and Soviet occupation played a significant role in the war on the Eastern Front. This episode takes a closer look at the large, organized and powerful resistance armies in Poland and Ukraine. Map: Ukrainian border shifts between 1939 and 1945 Source: Paul Robert Magosci and Geoffrey J. Matthews, cartographer: Ukraine: A Historical Atlas. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985. Used with the gracious permission of the author. Photos "To Arms!" poster recruiting members to join the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Poster by Mieczysław Jurgielewicz and Edmunt Burke A unit portrait from the Polish Home Army. Source: U.S. Holocaust Museum UPA propaganda poster showing a UPA soldier standing on the banners of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The Cyrillic text is official greeting of the OUN/UPA: Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!. UPA soldiers in the forest, circa 1944. Source: Encyclopedia of Ukraine.

Duration:00:42:11

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Resistance Part 1: Beyond Barbarossa, Season 2, Episode 33

8/27/2023
From Ukraine to Poland to Estonia, across the Eastern Front, partisans and guerrillas fought for the independence of their nations—from both nazi Germany and the communist USSR. And yes, I call communists and nazis "con artists," "fools" and "dupes." Get your free books! Leave a rating and/or a review on your podcatcher of choice. Send the link to it to contact@beyondbarbarossa.ca, and I will send you three e-books: Army of Worn Soles, Under the Nazi Heel and Walking Out of War. I will also enter your name in a draw for a signed paperback copy of The Eastern Front Trilogy, which includes all three books! Facebook: Beyond Barbarossa https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100082862966326 Map: Operation Barbarossa, 22 June 1941 You can see the Baltic States and key cities, including Tallinn, Narva, RIga, and Vilnius. Nazi Germany's war flag Sources Antony Beevor, The Second World War. London: Little, Brown and Company, 2012. Robert Magosci, A History of Ukraine. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996. Orest Subtelny, Ukraine: A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988. Wikipedia: Polish resistance movement in World War IIBelarusian resistance during World War IIResistance in Lithuania during World War IIGerman occupation of Latvia during World War IIEstonian anti-German resistance movement 1941–1944 Larysa Zariczniak, "The Ukrainian Trial of the Century: Bilas and Danylyshyn," Wandering the Edge podcast, 15 August 2023. https://www.wanderingtheedge.net/podcast/episode/4bd50314/the-ukrainian-trial-of-the-century-bilas-and-danylyshyn

Duration:00:34:06