|The Eastern Front immediately became the biggest theater of war in world history and it heralded the beginning of the darkest days of WWII: the largest and most horrible battles ever witnessed, the deadliest atrocities, terrible loss of life, and horrific conditions for the Soviet and German military.
Operation Barbarossa ultimately resulted in 95% of all German Army casualties from 1941 to 1944. Let me say that again. During all of World War II, 95% of all German Army casualties resulted from Operation Barbarossa in the Eastern Front.
Had it not been for the Soviet Eastern Front there never would have been a D-Day Allied invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. Which fact may assist you in understanding what an enormous insult it was to Russia to not be invited to attend the Allied celebration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings held earlier this month. And when I say insult, I am not speaking of just an insult to the Russian government, which would have been bad enough. It was an enormous personal insult to each and every Russian because practically every Russian family lost immediate relatives during Russia’s campaign against the Nazi forces from 1941 to 1945. It was a deeply felt insult. And how very, very foolish and costly it was of our leaders to have insulted each and every Russian person and family in this manner.
To place it in perspective
8,800,000 Germans died in WWII from over 5 years and 8 months.
24,000,000 Russians died in World War II over 3 years and 10 months.
235,000 Americans in Europe/Africa died in World War II over 2 years and 2 months.
Number of deaths in the WW2 per country
The Fallen of World War II
In aggregate Barbarossa became one of the most profound events in human history and Hitler came within an inch of causing the Soviet Union to fall.
Only the resistance of the Soviet military and civilians prevented it, and that should be remembered and honored forever.
Perhaps at the 100th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2044 —by which time such so-called "leaders” as Trump and May and Macron and Trudeau will be gone and long forgotten — the new leaders of America and Britain and Canada and France will see fit to apologize for their countries’ gross insult to the Russian people in 2019 and invite Russia to be represented at the Centenary.