An Open Road to Moscow! - WW2- 111- October 10, 1941

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The road to Moscow does indeed lay open before the Germans, but for how long? And can they exploit such an opportunity- since the panzers are busy encircling hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers near Vyazema? Georgy Zhukov arrives in Moscow to take charge of the Soviet defenses and try to shut the door.
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Written and Hosted by: Indy Neidell
Director: Astrid Deinhard
Producers: Astrid Deinhard and Spartacus Olsson
Executive Producers: Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson, Bodo Rittenauer
Creative Producer: Maria Kyhle
Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Research by: Indy Neidell
Edited by: Monika Worona
Sound design: Marek Kamiński
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Carlos Ortega Pereira
Mikołaj Uchman
Julius Jääskeläinen
Daniel Weiss
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A TimeGhost chronological documentary produced by OnLion Entertainment GmbH.

  • In addition to our week by week coverage here on FIworld, we also cover the war day by day on instagram, filling in things we don't have time to cover here. It's a perfect complement to this. Check it out at: ...and please read our rules of conduct before you comment, it saves everyone a hassle:

    World War TwoWorld War Two22 päivää sitten
    • 10:19 it is Sevsk, not Sevek

      dronfimdronfim7 päivää sitten
    • Thank you to Indy and Sparticus and the Rest of the Time Ghost Crew, for these brilliantly done episodes. You dispel the myths, that have existed for years, of a well lead Wehrmacht . The events of 1941 clearly demonstrate the loose grip on reality held by Hitler and the Nazi leaders. Instead of using their trains and transports to bring much needed relief to their Armies fighting in Russia, they instead use them to transport people to their deaths. They tie up much need replacement troops as well. All to focus on their morally bankrupt plans to eliminate those they consider undesirable. People who in reality are in no condition to cause them anything but minor irritation. It proves beyond a doubt the sheer stupidity of the German political and military leadership. While individual German soldiers and field grade officers were well trained, disciplined and tactically superior they were doomed to ultimate failure at the hands of the men leading them.

      Brian NicholasBrian Nicholas11 päivää sitten
    • Hey TimeGhost Army what exactly is Patreon and if I get it do I get to watch ad free on FIworld? I am fully behind keeping history alive and am sick of seeing cheesy election commercials.

      Philly PricePhilly Price15 päivää sitten
    • Can we hope for each nation's uniform videos?

      James HydeJames Hyde18 päivää sitten
    • outstanding docu...series are those phone calls real ??? asking for a friend..😄

      beatle petebeatle pete19 päivää sitten
  • The German army and the politicians in Berlin are high on they're own supply, mad incompetent fools.

    Sean DarbeSean Darbe18 tuntia sitten
  • nice video

    Gene LitvinovGene Litvinov19 tuntia sitten
  • what is the map you use? It is cool.

    Douglas Scott McCarronDouglas Scott McCarronPäivä sitten

    Arvis BalodisArvis BalodisPäivä sitten
  • If the Global warming was actual 1941 who knows.

    jutarnji prdezjutarnji prdezPäivä sitten
  • 👌🏻🧐👍🏻🤨

    Paul MaseratiPaul Maserati3 päivää sitten
  • When Tula was mentioned i had to think of naked miners.

    ik ben boeik ben boe5 päivää sitten
  • Buenísimo

    Henry ChinaskiHenry Chinaski7 päivää sitten
  • While it did come too late, atleast Stalin occasionally let his men pull back while Hitler, even if his entire army was encircled but had a small hole in the lines they could get out of, would demand they stay and die. To choose between Russian Winter and African Winter....I think I'll take Russian winter. Easier to warm up in the cold than cool down in the heat. And I understand the thoughts about morale. Doesn't matter if you're the most supplied and armed guy in the world, if you don't believe the fight is worth it, you'll likely not want to fight unless forced. Through histories, when the morale of the men broke, most armies fled the field. Not all the time, like when Alexander the Great was seemingly killed atop the walls of a city he was attacking. I'm more than sure his men became instantly demoralized but set that aside and took the city in revenge. A similar thing happened in 1527 during the Sacking of Rome but Indy already knows about that since I know about the sacking from his Sabaton History video lol

    Randomly EntertainingRandomly Entertaining10 päivää sitten
  • In retrospect, the Germans attack on Russia was ill conceived. Their own war games predicted such difficulties. The infantry could not keep up with the armor, and the other two army groups lacked enough armor to keep pace with army group center. Commanders like Manstein and Guderian wanted to take advantage of opportunities that the armor was creating but the high command, "ie Hitler", lacked the nerve to take the risks!!! Essentially, the German army was designed for a short war using their armor to slash through the enemy, but when they bogged down either to clean up pockets or by the poor roads, it became apparent this was going to be a long campaign which would deplete their resources!!!!

    Kurt BerubeKurt Berube10 päivää sitten
  • "It's an older meme sir, but it checks out."

    Forspan!Forspan!11 päivää sitten
  • The Axis and not having enough Oil , its a tale as old as time.

    AceAce11 päivää sitten
  • Triumph of the Will" sounds eerily like "Elan Vitale" of the French, and about at good at winning wars....

    Daddy StewartDaddy Stewart12 päivää sitten
  • Tula is an arsenal city

    W MW M12 päivää sitten
  • The Bolsheviks was the term used to denote denote the Soviet communists of 1917, and communist government of the Soviet Union which seized power in 1917.

    Scott ClemensScott Clemens13 päivää sitten
  • Georgie Zhukov was a capable general of ww2. The name George comes from a Roman Catholic saint named Saint George. Spellings and local pronunciations vary from country to country based on the local dialect.

    Scott ClemensScott Clemens13 päivää sitten
  • "The military end of Bolshevismus."

    Brown GreenBrown Green13 päivää sitten
  • I understand why, but sending massive supplies to Stalin make me ill.

    Cat ManCat Man13 päivää sitten
  • 6:40 - "But two recon planes later [...], the plain fact is [...] " I see what you did there

    Mehmet KutluayMehmet Kutluay14 päivää sitten
  • According Lev Lopukhovksy and Boris Kavalerchik (their study and book: "Price of Victory") the Soviet personal military losses during 1941 has been 6,127,000 around 1,653,000 more than study of Krivosheev claimed. David Glantz agree. Besides majority of losses were irrecoverable. According Liedtke German losses were also higher than those 831,050 because they were just for Heer (excluding Waffen SS, Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe). According Liedtke all losses have been 1,094,251 (Liedtke, page 169). Finnish losses 83,400. No idea what were Hungarian and Romanian losses in 1941.

    FransenFransen14 päivää sitten
  • Can anyone explain why Soviet oil production went down 50% in 1941 and hardly recovered at all during the next 3 years? Can you Indy make a video of it?

    Mats HagglundMats Hagglund14 päivää sitten
  • Background track from Kings and Generals on here I’m tripping, must be a piece of stock music

    TheLocalLtTheLocalLt15 päivää sitten
  • 15:27 Indy as dr. Kelso (scrubs)

    blazodeoliretablazodeolireta15 päivää sitten
  • they are getting screwed

    Bralynn StokesBralynn Stokes15 päivää sitten
  • You give a picture as Germans were not well equipped. It is exactly the opposite. The Soviets were in lack of everything. The Germans HAD EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED.

    Thanos MoraitisThanos Moraitis15 päivää sitten
    • @World War Two You are refairing propably to the last two yers of WWII. In 1944-45 of course the GERMANS faced shortages. BUT NOT IN SUMMER 1941 when they invaded, or 1942-1943. Be aware if you are AMERICAN because the post war GERMAN GOVERNMENTS THAT CONTROL AND DOMINATE THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY are trying hard to REWRITE HISTORY. A frien from CREECE that lost 8% of its population in WWII (600.000 lives).

      Thanos MoraitisThanos MoraitisPäivä sitten
    • They did? Why did they then run out of material and equipment (by their own account)?

      World War TwoWorld War Two14 päivää sitten
  • This is a comment.

    Lewis RoachLewis Roach15 päivää sitten
    • This is a reply

      World War TwoWorld War Two14 päivää sitten
  • Thank You!

    Uncle BobUncle Bob15 päivää sitten
    • You're welcome 😉

      World War TwoWorld War Two14 päivää sitten
  • Werner mulder was on right😅😅😅

    jorge aldridgejorge aldridge15 päivää sitten
  • "Empty your pockets." Hahahahahaha

    Bruce RoutBruce Rout15 päivää sitten
  • Do you think it would have been better for the world if the Nazi's had defeated the Bolshevik's in 1941 and still eventually suffered a defeat to the combined British and Americans in later years?

    Jake JohnsonJake Johnson15 päivää sitten
    • Added to what WW2 say above, Imagine the prospect of further atomic bombs being dropped in europe in 1946. I'd prefer the cold war any day.

      Jonah WhaleJonah Whale10 päivää sitten
    • @World War Two Thank you so much for the response! Love the page. Look forward to the weekly videos every week!

      Jake JohnsonJake Johnson13 päivää sitten
    • Do we think that even more deaths would be better for the world? No Do we think that it would be better to get rid of all authoritarianism? Yes In other words; not a question that can be answered the way it was phrased. So let’s rephrase it: Do we think that a war that was expanded even further, killing tens of millions more, so that it could once and for all rid Europe and parts of Asia of both Nazis and Communists? No, the Cold War did that job with less ultimate human suffering (ultimate suffering as in numbers of wounded, dead and bereaved).

      World War TwoWorld War Two14 päivää sitten
  • Funny how history plays out. The 1941 commander of the German 17th army, looses his command for not being aggressive enough. An army which Hitler, in 1943, order standing still on Crimea and be -- passive.

    ThePRCommanderThePRCommander15 päivää sitten
  • Love you're Work Indy....All the best from Downunder.

    Rick FishRick Fish15 päivää sitten
  • AArrgghhhh !!!! Unlike the German logistical supply train, I've now caught up with the flow of events outside Moscow, and will not be able to binge watch the channel at my leisure. The wait for the weekly releases from now on will seem as slow and drawn out as the advance of an opel blitz truck through the rasputitsa east of Rzhev. Keep up the great work fellers.... The tension is unbearable, even though I already know that the German "endsieg" can only be weeks away !!!

    Jonah WhaleJonah Whale15 päivää sitten
  • "The Red Army that remains in European Russia has perhaps under a million men left in 90 divisions, 770 tanks and 364 planes". Good God this is so patently false I could not believe even a channel like this could commit such a bold and blatantly obvious mistake, and that's coming after seeing the long list of mistakes this channel has made in the past, including claiming only 25% of Russian tanks were operational 22.6.1941 when the real number was over 77% as per primary sources.

    FulmenTheFinnFulmenTheFinn15 päivää sitten
    • @tme fly See below (posted by me on HoI4 forums): The tables are browser translated (hence why some numerals show up as written) from digitized material from Meltyukhov's 2000 version of "Stalin's Missed Chance". There's a 2008 version as well in which the charts differ slightly, but not by much (the % of operational, i.e. category 1 & 2, tanks goes down to 77.5%).

      FulmenTheFinnFulmenTheFinn15 päivää sitten
    • @tme fly The RKKA had almost 20k operational tanks 22.6.1941, the bulk of which (IIRC 11-14k) were deployed in Western military districts.

      FulmenTheFinnFulmenTheFinn15 päivää sitten
    • So you're saying that the germans made it this far with only around 3000 tanks against what? 16000-18000 operational tanks?

      tme flytme fly15 päivää sitten
  • This is getting hotttttt cant wait for the end of this movie..... Oh......... Never mind.....

    SemiFusaSemiFusa16 päivää sitten
  • What primary and secondary sources do you guys use when discussing these first 6 months of Barbarossa, especially when it comes to German logistics, planning and all the issues they had with those?

    Erik StewartErik Stewart16 päivää sitten
    • Well I know they use Glantz Operation Barbarossa and David Stahel Operation Typhoon and The Battle for Moscow. which gives a detailed picture inside the Wehrmacht in October and November 1941.

      Cary BlackCary Black15 päivää sitten
  • 2:26 I want to know who the camera man is for the clip. I'm certain they didn't have R2D2 film that scene, although Star Wars happened a long, long time ago.

    Dab DaDab Da16 päivää sitten
  • :23 Savage Indy, savege I tell you.

    Dab DaDab Da16 päivää sitten
  • Evertime you say german quatermaster I immidetly think: "Erich von Ludendorff"

    Ivo WehselyIvo Wehsely16 päivää sitten
  • Indy! Du bist a Wahnsinn! 😎 Ich könnte dir stundenlang zuhören! 😊 Such a great job! Spartacus is really good and solid! Big big respects, but you are a show aswell! 🧨 It looks so easy, week by week blubbering all those difficult foreign "names" just like this! 😯 😲 c-ya! Pat

    Pat McTallicaPat McTallica16 päivää sitten
    • Thank you from both of us! Spartacus

      World War TwoWorld War Two15 päivää sitten
  • Seems like Moscow will be sieged before the onset of Winter. Will the USSR fall when Moscow falls?

    Henk JanssenHenk Janssen16 päivää sitten
  • Operation Faustschalg 2.0?

    Mundo GameplayMundo Gameplay16 päivää sitten
  • it's kind of sad I got that joke at the start.

    Top SmugTop Smug16 päivää sitten
  • Reports of German morale should perhaps be viewed with suspicion considering the large "bonuses" for successful generals and disgrace, imprisonment or death for those less successful.

    Annoying B'stardAnnoying B'stard16 päivää sitten
  • Very fine production. I am impressed.

    AdmV0rl0nAdmV0rl0n16 päivää sitten
  • from kenya..i love watching the ww2 episodes...colone lIndy would have made a great chief of staff of any ww2 army...and they would have won due to his strategic grasp of offensive and defensive warfare!!!

    michael ochidomichael ochido16 päivää sitten
  • Did the Germany Army have an equivalent to the Americans' Corps of Engineers?

    jlillerjliller16 päivää sitten
    • They had combat engineers called pioniers who did what the US combat engineers did

      Cary BlackCary Black16 päivää sitten
  • It was so kind of Stalin to honor Smirnov's martyrdom for Mother Russia by memorializing him with a world-famous brand of vodka. ;)

    jlillerjliller16 päivää sitten
  • Why haven't the panzers in the south been shifted to Army Group Center to drive on Moscow???

    jlillerjliller16 päivää sitten
    • They shifted many of the panzers but the plan was to encircle Moscow and for this they also needed panzers and troops in the North and the South to completely encircle the city.

      Cary BlackCary Black16 päivää sitten
  • If only the germans knew how much oil they have under their feet in libya

    AlanAlan16 päivää sitten
    • @Cary Black anyway it was much better than invading soviet union

      AlanAlan16 päivää sitten
    • Takes a lot of infrastructure and time to get it out.

      Cary BlackCary Black16 päivää sitten
  • One of these days you’ll be talking on that phone only to hear the person on the other end say: “Sir, you called Dominos”. But anyway , I enjoy these. Keep ‘em coming !

    Geoffrey BradfordGeoffrey Bradford16 päivää sitten
  • Уговорил. Подписываюсь. Очень интересно рассказываете.

    Hector BarbossaHector Barbossa16 päivää sitten
    • @World War Two Mozhaisk sounds more likely as MoJAYsk. Without "D" at sound "J" )))

      Hector BarbossaHector Barbossa16 päivää sitten
    • Welcome aboard

      World War TwoWorld War Two16 päivää sitten
  • the Germans did again what they've done at Dunkirk, foolishly halting their decisiveness to complete the defeat on their opponent.

    wispy whiskerwispy whisker16 päivää sitten
  • Stavka : "We are in big trouble," It is Zhukov Time.

    Eric OtienoEric Otieno16 päivää sitten
  • Love that you're doing first person current moment instead of constantly "They all lost as we know."

    Aki GreusAki Greus16 päivää sitten
  • you should actually visit

    gambid90gambid9016 päivää sitten
  • LIKE CLOCK WORK, I too look forward to "Saturday nite live" to WW2 in real time, who the hell needs NFL etc when you have Indy at the helm..Nice work guy. and the final drive to Moscow was a real make or break for many reasons, (logistics logistics logistics), problems well illustrated, great maps Indy..I actually purchased a Nat Geo atlas to follow along..

    Craig PutnamCraig Putnam16 päivää sitten
  • Part of Guderian's gang.

    FlegpuppyFlegpuppy16 päivää sitten
  • I don't understand how the Axis lost. They had the initiative, the man power, the weapons. How badly did they screw up their logistics to lose that front? They could have had it. So close. It aggravates me how close they got and blew it. Could have had world domination.

    Chris CarloneChris Carlone16 päivää sitten
  • Snow on October 6th! That was my wedding day and it snowed also. Marriage fell apart 4 years later! Take it from me this snow day in October is a bad omen!

    Toby SirusToby Sirus16 päivää sitten
  • pretty SAD for the Germans.... there is still no way they can win this lol

    There Are No ShortcutsThere Are No Shortcuts16 päivää sitten
  • Strange... My WW2 class is at the exact part youre doing

    IDK AnymoreIDK Anymore16 päivää sitten
  • However cold you think the road to Moscow is, it's colder than that.

    Matthew McNeanyMatthew McNeany16 päivää sitten
  • I can still hear the screams and screeches of the German logistics officers as they keep getting requests for more and more fuel and supplies from the Panzer divisions.

    Alejandro OchagavíaAlejandro Ochagavía17 päivää sitten
  • 12:10 Are the names of the Mius River and the Meuse River connected in any way?

    seneca983seneca98317 päivää sitten
  • Is that swastika sinking in the mud of the USSR (you know, the nasty season when all you have is cold rainy days, continuously i.e. October/November before all that mess freezes in December). I'm glad I'm in Tx!

    Marina ZagraiMarina Zagrai17 päivää sitten
  • I think the Russian people are having visions of Napoleon. I did want to ask what is the phrase the Russians quote about "general winter"? I think it was used a few weeks back.

    vicki caldwellvicki caldwell17 päivää sitten
    • This isn't it, sorry. The Russians used the phrase as a parable about fighting Russia in winter. Vc

      vicki caldwellvicki caldwell16 päivää sitten
    • General Winter was on Finnish side about 18 months earlier. He is very effective commander.

      VK's ASDgamingVK's ASDgaming16 päivää sitten
  • I am writing a thank you for all of the work that goes into these productions! I have learned a great deal and have even participated in a few discussions. I know, I have not written in some time but it does not mean I have not watched the program every Saturday. Please keep up the good work.

    vicki caldwellvicki caldwell17 päivää sitten
    • vicki caldwell thank you!

      World War TwoWorld War Two17 päivää sitten
  • Indy and team I’m about to do a write up on the Soviet’s cavalry army clique (Timoskenko, Budyonny And Voroshilov) And was wondering if you had any sources talking about the failures of these generals because of them sticking to outdated doctrine or even an sources on the men themselves thanks

    Ste BroSte Bro17 päivää sitten
    • Besides what is on wikipedia this book might be helpful

      Cary BlackCary Black17 päivää sitten
  • คนน้อยมั้งไม่พอ เอาลงกาศไว้สิ

    phithakphong ruan-aiphithakphong ruan-ai17 päivää sitten
  • Watching these videos makes me want to pull out my old Avalon Hill The Russian Campaign board game now. Getting the itch to try and drive on Moscow before Winter.

    Randy RandelmanRandy Randelman17 päivää sitten
  • Adm. Ackbar didn't say "It's a trap!" until Return of the Jedi.

    Joel EllisJoel Ellis17 päivää sitten
  • i think Indy might have been playing pacman for the rest of the day after recording this

    kkzooikkzooi17 päivää sitten
  • So many German generals are mentioned here on the eastern front like Carl Heinrich stulpnagel, Erich Hoepner , Gunther von Kluge . Who later will be executed for the July plot against Adolf Hitler.

    Sandy HandySandy Handy17 päivää sitten
    • @Steve Kaczynski The other general is otto Von stulpnagel he wasn't executed and he was on the western front theatre of war . He committed suicide in prison his death is mysterious cause he resigned in 1941 and arrested later on for war crimes by the Allies . Anyway his cousin is Carl Heinrich stulpnagel.

      Sandy HandySandy Handy17 päivää sitten
    • There were two Stulpnagels, one was executed - is this the same one?

      Steve KaczynskiSteve Kaczynski17 päivää sitten
  • I really enjoy your videos. Great work.

    MainCoonMainCoon17 päivää sitten
  • the mortar wil change the infantry tactics against thanks

    hosameldin adelhosameldin adel17 päivää sitten
  • Someone reply when we get to 1944

    Edmundo José Zuazua ChapaEdmundo José Zuazua Chapa17 päivää sitten
  • how many soldiers did hitler have in all in ww2 a year before the war started

    lee rogerslee rogers17 päivää sitten
  • Excellent! Thanks.

    Darrell BorlandDarrell Borland17 päivää sitten
    • You are welcome!

      World War TwoWorld War Two17 päivää sitten
  • weird lighting

    Kraken McMurryKraken McMurry17 päivää sitten
  • It's a Star Wars Reference! And i love it!

    NawolithNawolith17 päivää sitten
  • Kursk you say? Hopefully you guys are referencing Roman Toppel's book on the subject come next year.

    Arbiter099Arbiter09917 päivää sitten
  • They have been using the same tactic what there ancestor against the french

    Mr LanceMr Lance17 päivää sitten
  • They have been using the same tactic what there ancestor against the french

    Mr LanceMr Lance17 päivää sitten
  • Superb episode, well done team

    PoiluPoilu17 päivää sitten
    • Thanks!

      World War TwoWorld War Two17 päivää sitten
  • How tf did they lose ww2 lmao XD Big throw, sounds like my teammates everytimey

    AunknownMan 9000AunknownMan 900017 päivää sitten
  • That face in the thumbnail says Moscow is free real estate .

    Peter PanPeter Pan17 päivää sitten
  • At this point in the war its amazing that the allies managed to claw their way back from these disasters, France has surrendered, Britain is under siege from the air and at sea and her army is on the back foot in North Africa, The soviet Union has lost more of its pre war army in just over 3 months than would be acceptable by any western military and is scrambling to try and save its capital. In Asia China has gummed up the Japanese invasion turning the campaign into a slog but they are still on the backfoot and Japan is only 3 Months away from lighting the rest of the pacific on fire. As horrible as things are the darkest days are yet to come.

    Mike JonesMike Jones17 päivää sitten
    • Add Final Solution to mix and 1942 is nothing short of horror story.

      VK's ASDgamingVK's ASDgaming16 päivää sitten
  • When everyone else fails, General Mud always holds the line.

    Otto VonBearsmarkOtto VonBearsmark18 päivää sitten
  • Völkischer Beobachter ... heijeijei

    GivemeTHEfoodNOWGivemeTHEfoodNOW18 päivää sitten
  • What will happen IF this front continues on for years and IF Japan and the US go to war? That's alot to cover in 16 minute episodes! Plus north Africa and the Atlantic 🤯

    Nanker PhelgeNanker Phelge18 päivää sitten
  • After this series is over... Do week-by-week of the Hundred Years War!

    John FarmerJohn Farmer18 päivää sitten
  • More if Stalin’s stupidity. If he allowed them to withdraw when asked, they wouldn’t have been surrounded. That would have made a difference shortly later.

    Mel GrossMel Gross18 päivää sitten
  • I just finished binge re-watching all 225 episodes of The Great War in the past 5 days. Wow. Now back to 1941, I suppose.

    John FarmerJohn Farmer18 päivää sitten
  • Somebody explain the opener

    Konst M. S.Konst M. S.18 päivää sitten
  • Indy goes Shakira: wakawakawaka!

    Jason SputnikJason Sputnik18 päivää sitten
  • I love this series anyway but to bring in Admiral Ackbar ... mind is blow

    Wilkse1Wilkse118 päivää sitten
  • Whats kind of terrifying i get this effect sometimes where you hope the bad guys win, even though you know they dont. Like i guess its also because im german. Its just so weird bc an Axis Victory would be horrible. These fascists deserve to be smashed, but its horrible for the young men who are sent to their deaths

    kaiser dogekaiser doge18 päivää sitten
  • Plenty of morale, but no fuel. I’m not that good of a mechanic but last I checked engines cannot run on morale

    Tostada the VikingTostada the Viking18 päivää sitten