Barbarossa: How Hitler Lost the War

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A conversation with Jonathan Dimbleby on his new book, Barbarossa: How Hitler Lost the War, which examines the operation that turned the tide of the Second World War in the Allies’ favour.


Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s invasion of Russia in June 1941, aimed at nothing less than a war of extermination to annihilate Soviet communism, liquidate the Jews and create the so-called Lebensraum for the German ‘master race’. Leading to the destruction of the Third Reich, this operation was cataclysmic for Germany with millions of men killed, wounded or registered as missing in action. The author argues that it was this colossal mistake - rather than any action in Western Europe – which lost Hitler the Second World War.

Drawing on previously unseen archival material, including untranslated Russian sources, Jonathan Dimbleby paints a comprehensive and vivid picture of this monumental campaign, whose full nature and impact has remained unexplored.

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Speaker Biography

Jonathan Dimbleby is a bestselling author, broadcaster and historian. He was the chairman of BBC Radio 4's weekly Any Questions? programme and presented ITV's flagship weekly political programme, This Week, for over 10 years.

Jonathan Dimbleby’s latest book was published by Penguin in April 2021.


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