Wednesday, June 22, 2005

On this Day . . .

. . . in 1941, Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, taking Josef Stalin completely by surprise.

Hitler proclaimed that the mobilisation of the German army in "Operation Barbarossa" would be the "greatest the world has ever seen".

But, in the fashion of true megalomania, he underestimated his enemy, and the defeat of his army at Stalingrad marked the beginning of the end of the Third Reich.

To this day, though, the name of Adolf Hitler commands a fascination seldom, if ever, repeated throughout history. Truly one of the great megalomaniacs of all time.

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