June 29, 1941 – Germans advance in Russia

June 29, 1941 – Germans advance in Russia

One week after launching a massive invasion of the USSR, Nazi divisions make staggering advances on Leningrad, Moscow, and Kiev. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had ignored warnings that Adolf Hitler would betray the 1939 Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact, and in the first months of their invasion the Germans seized over 500,000 square miles of Soviet territory. However, the tenacity of the Red Army and the severity of the Russian winter had yet to be experienced by the Germans–they would eventually prove insurmountable.