In the summer of 1941, Adolf Hitler and his senior generals convinced themselves that they could take on and defeat the Soviet Union. Foolishly, they thought in a swift campaign they could smash the Red Army and force Stalin to sue for peace, despite dire warnings that Stalin was amassing a reserve army of more than 1 million men on the Volga. The end result would tear the German forces apart. This major reassessment casts new light on the brutal fighting, including such astounding German defeats as at Stalingrad, Kursk, Minsk and, finally, Berlin. Step by step, it describes how the German war machine fought against a relentless enemy, fully aware that defeat was inevitable.