Barbarossa 1941
Books, Blogs, Photographs & Archive
With an Emphasis on the Russo-German War (1941-45)
Dr Craig W.H. Luther
Introduction to Site

NOTE TO READERS (7 Mar 2019): I am collaborating on a new book project with Dr. David Stahel; the book will be a fully annotated anthology of letters of German soldiers from the first six months of the eastern campaign (Jun-Dec 41). The book is coming together with startling speed; we have collected field post letters and diary entries from about 250 German soldiers, most never before published (certainly not in English). We envisage publication of this new book by early 2020.

Due to the demands of the new project I don't have much time to add new material to my blog. That said, I urge all interested parties to continue to enjoy the hundreds of photographs, dozens of videos, and "Barbarossa Document Archive," which will be of great value to those researching the eastern front 1941/42; as will many of my posted blogs.  

This web site is the result of my decades of research into Adolf Hitler's surprise attack on Soviet Russia on Sunday, 22 June 1941. You can read my posts about Operation "Barbarossa" (the code name for Germany's attack on the USSR), about other WWII issues, and on occasion about contemporary political and cultural issues.
On the trail of German Army Group Center

See more than 100 color photos of my 4500 km journey in June 2016 through Belarus and Russia in the footsteps of Dr Heinrich Haape's 18 Infantry Regiment at the start of Operation Barbarossa (See blog posts 18 & 19 for my account of the trip.)
What's New!

7 Mar 2019: Today my publisher received the manuscript for my new annotated edition of Dr Heinrich Haape's iconic eastern front memoir, "Moscow Tram Stop. A Doctor's Experiences w/ the German Spearhead in Russia 1941/42." Our intent is to release the book this fall. This will be the first publication of the book in English since 1959! Excerpts from the book are among my blogs.

20 Jan 2019 : I learned that my new book, "First Day on the Eastern Front, had won a "Stoney!" That is, it was one of just 7 books selected by Stone & Stone WWII Books--among 1000s of WWII books released last year--as one of their "Editor's Choice" awards for 2018. As noted by Bill Stone, these 7 books were the "creme de la creme" of WW2 books in 2018. Read about the awards at:

Official release date for "First Day" was 1 Nov. it is being now offered for on Amazon at greatly discounted prices). The book is hardback, large format, 504 pages, 60 b/w photographs and 18 maps.

"First Day" examines the first 21 hours of Hitler's attack on the USSR (the Germans struck at about 0300 hours) in granular, often minute-by-minute detail, using both German and Russian official source materials.

About the book internationally recognized historian Dr David Stahel writes: "Certainly the most complete and, without question, the most thoroughly researched treatment of the first 21 hours of Operation Barbarossa. Luther has captured the drama, shock and devastation of those fateful hours like no one else." Click on the book cover to read a graphic excerpt below.

NOTE: see my new " Barbarossa Document Archive ," which is made up of thousands of pages of my eastern front research. A great resource for any eastern front scholar!  

NOTE: Late last year, I posted a large selection of great new videos--eastern front and many other WW2 topics. Please check in the Video Library.

Fascinating WWII Photos

This link to the Flickr account of Mr Bruce Sadler contains dozens of fascinating photos. The pictures -- prewar France, the Battle of France (1940), the  Russian campaign -- were originally discovered by Bruce's father at the end of World War II in a photo album he found at Dachau. (For more details on these photos see Post #25 )

Special thanks to Bruce Sadler for enabling me to add these terrific photographs to my website!

Barbarossa Document Archive

With the help of my terrific IT specialist, I have now posted a new section with thousands of pages of notes I've prepared over the past two decades on the eastern front. The notes mostly address the opening months of Operation Barbarossa and have been meticulously prepared and sourced; they should be of great use to folks researching the eastern front. The posted files include an exhaustive bibliography I prepared back in 2012 while writing my recent book "Barbarossa Unleashed." We all stand on each other's shoulders--so many kind folks have supported my efforts over the years that I'm delighted to help others by posting my research. 

Below you will also find excerpts from several of my books, WWII videos , and truly amazing photographs of Operation Barbarossa , including dozens never before published. All of my books are hardback, large format (7" by 10") and based on official German (and sometimes Soviet) military records and interviews with dozens of German veterans of campaigns on both the eastern and western fronts.
Barbarossa Photo Gallery
Eastern Front Gallery
On the Trail of Army Group Center
About Me
Barbarossa Document Archive
Maps of Russo-German War

Video Library

Click any of the images above to get a sample & exclusive of that book