By Albert Seaton
A German seize of Moscow in 1941 may have knocked Russia out of the struggle; a riveting narrative of this significant conflict by means of a British officer with a deep wisdom of the East eu assets.
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Yet morale had never been higher. The tank troops, however, saw the war somewhat differently, for their lives and effectiveness were linked to their vehicles. When Schmundt, Hitler's military aide and his roving eyes and ears, appeared at 3 Panzer Group Headquarters near the city of Vitebsk on 13 July, Hoth told him that tank casualties had not been heavy and were in no way more severe than those suffered in France, but that the terrain and climate were proving far more wearing on vehicles and on men than had been expected.
It was claimed that no less than 2,500 Soviet tanks were knocked out or captured. On this day Halder, the Chief of General Staff, wrote in his diary that it was probably not too much to say that the war against Russia, which he referred to as a campaign (Feldzug), had been virtually won within fourteen days. On 26 June, by Hitler's express order and against von Bock's wishes, 2 and 3 Panzer Groups were removed from von Bock's direct control and put under von Kluge's command, ready for the second phase of the battle and the resumption of the eastwards march towards Smolensk and Moscow.
Except for the recently introduced T 34 and KV models the quality of the tanks was, admittedly, not high and could hardly be compared with the German Mark III main battle tank, but many of the older heavy Soviet models could not be penetrated by the standard 37 mm German anti-tank gun. Red Air Force aircraft in 1941 were very much inferior to those of the Luftwaffe. Other Soviet equipment, however, particularly artillery and small arms, was of excellent quality, often superior to the German, and had been produced and stockpiled in great quantities.