Letter to the Editor: The War in Ukraine – History Repeats Itself | Opinion

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On June 22, 1941, Hitler’s Germany invaded Russia with three million men, more than 3,000 tanks, artillery and planes and all the equipment that goes with it, and 110 divisions.

Later, many more were added to cover losses. This also included the countries of Romania, Hungary and Italy – Germany’s axis partners – and many other troops.

The original battle front stretched from the city of Leningrad in the north to Sevastopol in the Crimea in the south, a distance of 1,000 miles.

The Germans were winning the first two years of the war, but the turning point was the battle for the city of Stalingrad on the Volga. It was a terrible battle of attrition – fighting from house to house, from street to street, and even in the sewers where many were killed.

Some of the other major battles – the city of Leningrad, kyiv changed hands three times, the tank battle of Kursk with more than 3,000 on the battlefield, the city of Moscow due to the terrible winter, the Germans lost . They were within 14 miles and couldn’t make it. In all these battles, the Germans lost.

The Battle of Stalingrad is just one example of the loss of material and men. The city had little military value. It was a question of prestige between Hitler and Stalin. The Germans lost 22 divisions, the Sixth Army 255,000 men and equipment.

The Germans fought in Ukraine. Today, the fighting is taking place in the same areas as during the Second World War – the Donbass. The Donbass contains a lot of valuable minerals – iron, manganese, nickel, silver and gold ore. Putin also wants, what he has now, for the port city of Sevastopol.

It could be a very long war, of course. As they say, history does indeed repeat itself.

Bruce Sluss, Ridgecrest

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