Beyond Barbarossa:

Beyond Barbarossa:

The first English-language podcast to focus on the history of the eastern front of the Second World War.


June 13, 2022 3 min

Beyond Barbarossa: The first English-language podcast to focus on the biggest part of World War II— the largest war in human history—the Eastern Front, launches June 22, 2022.

Music by Nicolas Bury. 

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The first day of the biggest land invasion in the history of warfare.

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Music by Nicolas Bury. 

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What brought Nazi Germany and the USSR to the brink of war in June 1941? What about their odd alliance in the late 1930s? 

The relationship between these opposite tyrannies played out like the macabre inverse of a romantic comedy. Nothing was funny.

Maps to help: 

Battle of Khalkin Gol 


German invasion of Poland: 


Soviet invasion of Poland 


Finland 1940 




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July 5, 2022 36 min

Beyond Barbarossa, the first English-language podcast in the world to focus on the Eastern Front of World War II, takes a close look at the opposing forces facing off across the border on June 22, 1941. 

Music by Nicolas Bury. 


Beyond Barbarossa: the website for more maps and information. 

Enjoy this podcast? Support us on Patreon to help cover the costs of production. 

The Eastern Front Trilogy: the true story of a Canadian ...

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July 13, 2022 31 min

Operation Barbarossa caught the USSR unready. But that doesn't mean they were helpless. They hit back—hard. 




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July 19, 2022 45 min

After the Battle of Smolensk, Germany changes its strategy. It diverts forces away from the drive on Moscow toward two other key objectives: Leningrad in the north, and Kyiv in Ukraine. 

This is how that played out. 


Map source: US Military Academy. 


Glantz, David: Operation Barbarossa: Hitler’s Invasion of Russia, 1941. The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, 2001. 

Bury, ...

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July 27, 2022 37 min

Having captured most of Ukraine and with a choke-hold on Leningrad, Germany appears to be winning as it advances on Moscow. But the big picture looks different close up. 

The Battle of Smolensk may just be the big turning point in the was in the East. 

This episode sponsored by The Eastern Front Trilogy, the true story of a Canadian drafted into the Red Army in World War II. 

The Eastern Front Trilogy.

All proceeds from the sales o...

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Sponsor: The Eastern Front Trilogy by Scott Bury

The true story of a Canadian drafted into the Soviet Red Army in World War II.

As the Germans strangle Leningrad and sweep across Ukraine, we can see just how complicated the Eastern Front is, and how connected to events and decisions a world away. 

Map 1: Closing on Leningrad.

Photos: Rasputitsa

Horses sank up to their ...

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August 23, 2022 36 min

The Wehrmacht assembles its biggest concentrated force for the largest single campaign of Operation Barbarossa. 


Image 1: German half-track, deep in the mud of rasputitsa. 

Image 2: Pulling vehicles through the mud of Russia in fall. 

Image 3: Eventually, the Germans had to resort to horses to haul even their field guns during rasputitsa. 

Map: The push toward Moscow in the fall of 1941. 

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September 6, 2022 35 min

German's final, final assault on the capital of the USSR in November 1941. 

Map 1: The Battle of Moscow, November 1941.

Map 20: The bigger picture. 

Source: U.S. Army archives. 

Soviets fighting back during "offensive weather":


Defense of Moscow: 

Women militia training in Moscow, fall 1941:

New T-34 tanks roll off the assembly line, 1941

Soviet air power: 

The Yakovlev Yak fighter

Ilyushin Il-2 in flight near M...

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My apologies. It will be another week for the full episode 10 on Operation Silver Fox. BUT there is a bonus episode available for supporters. 

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September 27, 2022 32 min

Operation Silver Fox in the farthest northern reaches of continental Europe had a direct impact on the war in the Eastern Front.

Map 1: Finland from 1920 to 1938

Map 2: The Winter War, 1939-1940

Map 3: Areas Finland ceded to the USSR after the Winter War



Operation Silver Fox: The History of Nazi Germany's Arctic Invasion of the Soviet Union During World War II Published by Charles River Editors, 2016

Operation Barba...

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The German 36th Mountain Corps moves through Lapland to cut the vital Murmansk Railroad to Leningrad. But under the midnight sun, it meets a foe even more difficult than the Red Army.

Map 1: Finland 1940-41

The red area around Salla is the target for the 36th Mountain Corps. 

Figure 1: Finnish soldiers moving through the Arctic forest on their way to the Murmansk railroad



David Glantz, Operation Barbarossa: Hitler's Inv...

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The 900 Days of Leningrad's siege saw the greatest destruction in modern history, and the larges loss of life in a modern city. It dwarfed urban campaigns elsewhere in the Second World War by a factor of magnitude. 

This episode links this immense struggle with the rest of the war in the East. 

Map 1: Finnish and Soviet forces on the eve of Barbarossa, 1941 

Map 2: Finnish offensive operations in Karelia, summer and autumn, 1941



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November 1, 2022 36 min

A conversation with Larysa Zariczniak, host and producer of the Wandering the Edge podcast on Ukrainian culture and history, with a spot of travel—when Ukraine isn't being invaded. 

We spoke about Ukrainian culture, history, parallels between 1941 and 2022, and what the experiences of those two periods can tell us about the Ukrainian cultural identity.

Wandering the Edge is available on all podcasting platforms. Visit the website a...

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The battle for Crimea is almost a microcosm of the entire war on the Eastern Front of World War II. 

Satellite photo of southern Crimea: Severnaya Bay is the long, narrow bay curving upward into the land. Sevastopol is located on the smaller bay at right angles. 


This image was taken by the Nasa Expedition 20 crew. - NASA Earth Observatory. Source: Wikimedia Commons. 


Map source: Nations Online Project. https://www.nationsonlin...

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One of my favourite podcasters, Sebastian Major of Our Fake History, joins me for a talk about historical myths about the Eastern Front of World War II. 

It's one of the best podcasts out there about history. Listen to it on your preferred podcasting app, and find it at 




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What was life like for the people living in the lands occupied by nazi German in the East? We take a close look. 


Remembering the Holodomor: Ukraine Without Hype podcast


Paul Robert Magosci, A History of Ukraine. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996. 

Shevchenko Scientific Society, Volodymyr Kubijovyc, editor...

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Ray Harris, 'caster of the History of World War II Podcast, joins me to talk about the significance of the Eastern Front of the Second World War, and some of the surprises he found in his work. 

Interested in World War II history? Check out Ray's podcast! 



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February 5, 2023 30 min

In December 1941, the German army meets its match: General Winter arrives. So do huge Soviet reinforcements, and the Wehrmacht's advance on Moscow halts and has to back up. 

Map 1: The Moscow Counter-Offensive, December 1941


Map 2: Tikhvin and Leningrad, Nobember 1941 


David Glantz, Operation Barbarossa: Hitler's Invasion of Russia 1941. Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2011

David Stahel, Operation Typhoon: ...

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