This is the anniversary of the World War II invasion of the Soviet Union by the forces of Nazi Germany, under Adolf Hitler.
Hitler thought the USSR would fall quickly, and he could get back to the issue of breaking and controlling Britain.
In the history of the world, this has to be one of the greatest of miscalculations.
Could history have offered a lesson? Napoleon invaded Russia on June 24, 1812, with similarly disastrous results for many of the same reasons.
Santayana’s Ghost looks on in bemused bewilderment.
- Adolf Hitler: Man of the Year, 1938 (time.com)