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Author Topic: Chronology for Operation Barbarossa  (Read 4670 times)
Mad Russian
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« on: 26 December 2008, 14:49:53 »
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General Chronology For Barbarossa

1940

2 June – Hitler tells von Rundstedt that he plans to attack the Soviet Union.
18 June – Hitler sets up the Eastern Front Study Group.
31 July  - Hitler briefs his generals on his intention to attack the Soviet Union.
5 August – Marcks completes his plan which he calls Operationsentwurf Ost, or Operational Draft East.
7 August – OKW completes his plan of attack in the east which he calles “Aufbau Ost” or Build Up in the East.
October – May 1941 – Luftwaffe does aerial reconnaissance over the Soviet Union.
mid-October 1940 – Stalin redirects Soviet main effort from Moscow to the Ukraine.
12 – 13 November – Molotov visits Berlin.
18 November – Soviets learn that Leningrad is included in the German invasion plans.
28 November – 3 December – Paulus hosts Barbarossa wargames.
5 December – Hitler approves the basic plan.
17-20 December – Germans hold a logistical wargame. This is AFTER Hitler has already approved the plan.
18 December – Fuhrer Directive 21 issued before the results of the logistical wargame are determined. Hitler will invade the Soviet Union no matter what the circumstances or the cost.
23 December – 13 January 1941 – Kremlin command conferences and wargames; this starts another shake up in the Red Army high command.


1941

31 January – “Aufmarschweisung Ost” is published and Romania is brought into Barbarossa planning.
30 March – Hitler describes Barbarossa to 250 generals as a “struggle of two world views”.
6 April – Germans begin Balkans Campaign.
15 May – the original date for the start of Barbarossa. This was postponed until 22 June.
23 May – Soviets call up 1905-1918 reservists and establishes martial law.
25 – 27 May – Finnish Chief of Staff visits OKW.
30 May – Mussolini establishes a corps for action in the Soviet Union, even though Germans haven’t told Italy officially about Barbarossa.
6 June – “Commissar Order” issued by STALIN or HITLER??
12 June – Kriegsmarine begins mining the Baltic Sea.
14 June – Hitler clarifies Barbarossa objectives to Wehrmacht leaders: Lenningrad, the Ukraine, Donbas and Caucasus. Moscow is not included.
20 June – Romanians first officially briefed about Operation Barbarossa.
Sunday 22 June – Barbarossatag (Barbarossa Day): German invasion of the Soviet Union begins. Soviet Military Districts become Fronts. The Soviet 5th Tank Division fights to keep Hoth's Panzergruppe 3 forces from crossing the Nieman River

23 June - Rasienai Tank Battle tank battle begins as Kuznetsov orders 3rd and 12th Mechanized Corps to counterattack German, Panzergruppe 3, armored penetrations over the Nieman River near Rasienai.
24 June – First Panzer Group passes through Sixth Army; Kirponos’ counterattacks begin.
27 June – Unattributed bombing brings Hungary into the war.
29 June – 1st Mountain Division enters L’vov.
29 June – 6 July – Mountain Corps Norway’s first attack across the Litsa River.
30 June – Sobennikov replaces Kuznetsov as the commander of the Northwest Front.
1 July – XXXVI Corps and Finns attack at Salla.
2 July – Operation Munich crosses the Romanian border.
7 July – 13th Panzer Division reaches Berdichev.
9 July – 14th Panzer Division takes Zhithomir.
10 July – 13th Panzer Division reaches the Irpen River, ten miles from Kiev, the rest of  III Panzer Corps is close behind. Stavka creates Strategic Direction.
13 July – Kirponos begins counterattacks against “Zithomir Corridor”.
15 July – Soviet 26th Army counterattacks at Kanev in the 1st Panzer Group’s rear.
17 July – XI Corps crosses the Dnestr River.

5 December - Soviets counterattack German forces around Moscow on all sections of the front. This effectively ends the German drive on Moscow and is the end of Operation Barbarossa.
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