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Today in World War II History—June 22, 1941

German soldiers (Flamethrower team) in the Soviet Union, June 1941 (German Federal Archives, Bild 146-1974-099-19)

German soldiers (Flamethrower team) in the Soviet Union, June 1941 (German Federal Archives, Bild 146-1974-099-19)

80 Years Ago—June 22, 1941: Operation Barbarossa: 3.5 million German troops invade the USSR in the largest military campaign in history.

In Operation Barbarossa, the German Luftwaffe destroys 2000 Soviet aircraft.

Lithuanians rise up to drive out the Soviets in the June Uprising, cooperating with the Germans.

German U-boat U-48 returns from her final mission; she has sunk 55 ships, the most successful sub of WWII.