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Air War 1941 June by WS-Clave Air War 1941 June by WS-Clave
In June 1941 Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, which was Hitler’s plan to take territory and resources in the East.

The invasion plan was to win a quick war using the Luftwaffe to lead the attack, despite not being fully re-equipped since the war in the rest of Europe.

The Luftwaffe bombers, dive bombers along with heavy fighters were highly successful at destroying Soviet aircraft on the ground, and their air superiority continued for many months.

The aircraft shown are Ju 88 bombers of KG51, and Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters of JG51 and JG53 being intercepted by MiG-3s from various Soviet units.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018  Professional
cool 
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018
Thanks!
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At the beginning the Soviet Air Force was caught unprepared. :D
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GrantExploit Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That :D (Big Grin) worries me greatly... y' do realize that if they were slightly more unprepared, bye bye 100 million Russians?
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes indeed. :nod:
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018
Any person or group under Stalin was liable to be imprisoned, exiled, or executed for no reason.

It was a bad time to be in the VVS (Soviet Air Force) as the purges of the 1930s had left them poorly-led and chaotic. 

The Nazi advance destroyed 1,489 aircraft on the ground in a single day...
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IT sure was.
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