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 (1 Dec 18): I am starting a new book project; as a result, I will most likely not be adding new material to this site during most of 2019; however, 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. (To learn more, click here )
What's New?!

29 Oct 2018: I just received the first review of my new book, "First Day on the Eastern Front." I've posted it on my blog site; the reviewer ends his review by stating for those with just a basic understanding of the war in the east, the book is a "gem" that will "broaden and deepen your understanding of the decisive campaign of [World War 2]."

"First Day on the Eastern Front," was released 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.

Please 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!  

13 Sep 2018: Have posted a large selection of great new videos--eastern front and many other WW2 topics. Please check in the Video Library.

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.)

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