There have been many epic battles in history. But, here are 3 from the WW II Eastern Front that we are mostly unfamiliar with. At the end of this post maybe the most epic battle.
“The war between Germany and the Soviet Union officially began in late June 22, 1941 and ended May 7, 1945. On the Soviet side, some seven million soldiers died in action, with another 3.6 million dying in German POW camps. The Germans lost four million soldiers in action, and another 370000 to the Soviet camp system. Some 600,000 soldiers from other participants (mostly Eastern European) died as well. These numbers do not include soldiers lost on either side of the German-Polish War, or the Russo-Finnish War.
Around 15 million Soviet civilians are thought to have been killed. Some three million ethnic Poles died (some before the German invasion of the Soviet Union, but many after) along with around three million Jews of Polish and another two million of Soviet citizenship (included in the Soviet statistics). Somewhere between 500,000 and 2 million German civilians died in the expulsions that followed the war.
Statistics of this magnitude are inevitably imprecise. There is little question, however, that the War in the East was the most brutal conflict ever endured by humankind. ” Germany-Russia war of World War II.
Battle for Moscow: “The German invasion of the Soviet Union, had begun brilliantly on June 22, 1941. By early October, they had advanced to within 200 miles of Moscow.
The next phase was like a boxing match between two battered and bloodied fighters barely on their feet. The Soviets could field more than a million soldiers and a thousand tanks at Moscow, dug into multiple defensive lines dug by women and children. The Germans managed to muster almost two million men, and more than a thousand tanks and five hundred aircraft.
The weather turned colder, freezing the mud and giving Hitler’s troops the solid footing they needed to advance. By the end of November, German reconnaissance units were just 12 miles from Moscow, so close they could see the towers of the city through their binoculars.
However, when a Soviets counter offensive began on December 5, the Soviet armies punched through an enemy more scarecrow than human. German weapons were frozen, German soldiers were frozen, and sometimes the soldiers froze to the weapons. The survivors could only watch helplessly as the attackers, warmly clad in fur-lined jackets and boots, and camouflaged in white snowsuits, emerged like ghosts through the mist and snow.
However, the slaughterhouse that was the Eastern Front would continue into 1942, and then into 1945.” The battle for Moscow.
The Battle of Stalingrad “(July 17, 1942-Feb. 2, 1943) was the successful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in the U.S.S.R. during World War II. Most historians consider it to be the greatest battle of WW II. It stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union and marked the turning of the tide of war in favor of the Allies. It was one of the bloodiest battles in history, with combined military and civilian casualties of nearly 2 million.” The Battle of Stalingrad.
Leningrad, “a 872 day siege (September 8, 1941–January 27, 1944) of the city of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Soviet forces incurred around 1,017,881 killed, captured, or missing as well as 2,418,185 wounded. Civilian deaths are estimated at between 670,000 and 1.5 million.” The Siege of Leningrad.
What is the most epic battle in history? It may be the daily battle in our hearts. The believer is a warrior in a real war with 3 enemies–self, Satan and the world system.
These 3 enemies are strong and the battle is real and intense and long term. The victory must be won every day in our hearts by the grace of God, His presence in our life, and through His divine power. The battle requires our total surrender to God, perseverance, faithfulness, and unwillingness to admit defeat in the war when we lose a battle. We are warriors in the daily battle in a lifetime war that will continue until we reach heaven. Therefore, Put on the full armor of God as a warrior!
Henry Luke 6/19/2017