World War II in Europe and the Atlantic
Part III – The Eastern Front: Barbarossa to Berlin, 1941-45
This lecture covers the war on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union. With France defeated and Britain subdued, Germany turned east and invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 in Operation Barbarossa. Despite initial success, overwhelming Soviet manpower and industrial capacity pushed back the German army and captured Berlin in the spring of 1945, effectively ending the war in Europe.
Dr. Stanley Carpenter has taught courses in Air and Land Warfare, Military History, American Revolution, and European History at an array of colleges and universities, including Salve Regina, Hawaii Pacific University, Norwich University, and the U.S. Naval War College, where he has served as Professor of Strategy and Policy and directed the Homeland Security and Homeland Defense elective program. A published author, his works include a study of military leadership in the British Civil Wars and action-adventure historical novels centered on a Royal Naval intelligence officer. Dr. Carpenter served as a U.S. Naval officer from 1979-2009, retiring with the rank of Captain.