Despite World War II’s popularity as a historical topic, most Americans know comparatively little about the Eastern Front in Europe, fought between Nazi Germany and the Communist Soviet Union. For much of Europe, however, the Eastern Front was the essential component of the war. By many measures, whether geographical scope, number of battles, manpower committed, or the death toll, the Eastern Front dwarfed the Western Front in Europe. This course will overview the Eastern Front from the invasion of Poland in 1939 to the capture of Berlin in 1945. It will show early German success was reversed, leading to Soviet Victory, while addressing critical battles such as Stalingrad and Kursk.