Waffen SS soldiers from the 3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf" (Death's Head) roll out towards enemy Soviet positions on their trucks and motorcycles in the Balkans, early Fall, 1941. Some may be wondering what the swastika is for and that helped German aircraft identify vehicles as friendly and not foe. The fighting on the Eastern Front was extremely gruesome, ferocious, and intriguing. It was one of the most massive fronts ever to be fought on and one with a very dynamic terrain, weather, and culture. Lasting for just under 3 years it would become the bloodiest of the war. 4 out of 5 German soldiers on the Eastern Front were killed in action and numbers for the Soviets were similar. The Soviets encountered similar challenges as the Germans did in 1943 during the opening days of Operation Barbarossa. Low morale, ammo, supplies, and determination. Hundreds of thousands were captured ever month and sent to concentration camps to die or were executed on the spot. Almost all were killed within a year of being sent to a concentration camp which were filthy, overcrowded, and efficient at their job; to kill. One of the most ironic twists in WW2 in my opinion is how Concentrstion camps were based of Soviet gulags and Soviet prisoners were sent there. German prisoners were also sent to gulags. In 1943 massive numbers of recruits arrived and the Soviet Union had finally reached full industrial might. Thousands of tanks, weapons, and supplies, would be manufactured weekly. This in combination to the dwindling morale and determination of the Germans allowed the Soviets to turn the tide and eventually go on the offensive.