1944: Operation “Bagration” / D-Day
On June 22, 1944, exactly on the third anniversary of German invasion in Russia, the Soviet Army lunched operation “Bagration” to support the Allied landing in Normandy, which started on June 6. “Bagration” became the largest Allied operation of World War II, and the worst German defeat – its entire Army Group “Center” was annihilated, opening the road to Berlin. Photo: a squadron of “Katyusha”s firing rockets at the German positions during operation “Bagration”.
300,000 German prisoners were taken in the operation. The Allies did not believe the numbers, and Stalin ordered to march the captive Germans through Moscow. Photo: German soldiers captured during operation “Bagration” walking in Moscow. The Russian crowd mocked: "You finally made it to Moscow!". September, 1944:
"Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. 'Full victory-nothing else' to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe." Moore, June 6, 1944