BRITAIN’S IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO OPERATION ‘BARBAROSSA’ WAS TO INCREASE FIGHTER COMMAND’S OFFENSIVE OVER FRANCE. ANDREW THOMAS OUTLINES A COSTLY CAMPAIGN
Winston Churchill broadcast 1941. It had not been lost on the great statesman and historian that 129 years before, to the very day, Napoleon had launched his ill-fated invasion of Russia.
Now history was repeating itself, Hitler had unleashed Operation ‘Barbarossa’, a massive offensive across a vast front against his former ally, the Soviet Union.