World War II in Colour

Series 1 - 4. Hitler Strikes East

Hitler Strikes East

About this programme

4/13. This edition looks at Hitler's plans to push his forces into the Soviet Union, beginning with the launch of Operation Barbarossa in the summer of 1941. The German leader was convinced that the country would collapse swiftly, but a series of strategic miscalculations caused the advance to slow and atrocious weather brought the assault on Moscow to a halt, before an unexpected Soviet counterattack hurled the German troops back.

Cast and crew


Robert Powell


Executive Producer
Matthew Barrett
Series Producer
Philip Nugus