The halfway point of the year has passed us. January feels like an eternity ago, and I assume that for most people resolutions that were set back then are long forgotten. Most probably didn’t accomplish or remember what their goals were. Why is that? Was time a greater factor than anticipated? Or was it simply a lack of motivation? Do we set ourselves up for failure? Good news though is that we all have a fresh six months out of 2018 to work with to progress in what we’ve committed ourselves towards accomplishing to achieving the kind of life we want to have, and who we want to become. #foodforthought
A German mortar squad advances forwards with a Panzer III tank during Operation Barbarossa, summer, 1941. #OnThisDayinHistory the mighty German Wehrmacht launches their largest offensive of the whole war against the Soviet Union, catching them totally off guard. Early that morning German aircraft strafed Soviet airfields, meeting no resistance. Artillery also began to rain down which was then followed up by fast moving German armored units and infantry. Soviet resistance during the first week of Barbarossa was disorganized and weak, they were unprepared for such a massive and superior force. Joseph Stalin would not be seen or heard from until days after the German crossed into the Soviet Union. He finally appeared to the public and made a speech. This speech would be one of the most famous of his career and it inspired hundreds of thousands of young men to join up. Despite this influx in men the Soviet Military was still being crushed by the fast moving German armored units in their famous "Blitzkrieg." All across the 2,000 mile hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers were being encircled and captured. The biggest of these captures was at Minsk and Smolensk where the Germans had encircled and captured around 500,000 Soviets. The vast majority of these prisoners would never return home again. In the following months the Germans would advance hundreds of kilometers into Russia. They met powerful Soviet counter attacks in late summer and early fall which slowed down the German advance. By early 1942 the Wehrmacht were stopped near Leningrad, Moscow, and in the Don Region. By this time over half a million Soviet soldiers had been killed and many more had been captured. At Leningrad the Germans encircled the city and began to slowly starve it. Around Moscow, a handful of German units had advanced into the city's suburbs and some advanced patrols boasted they could see the glistening spheres of the Kremlin and Saint Basil's Cathedral. CONTINUED DOWN BELOW IN THE COMMENT SECTION!
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Illuminated tunnel featuring thousand of Sakura-shaped bulbs sparkling in the rain 🌸