Voyager Lecture Series
December 7th @ 7:30 pm$10 – $15
Operation Barbarossa: The German Invasion of the USSR. – Presented by Ron Smith
December 7th Lecture @ 7:30 with a 6:30 Social hour before the lecture with like-minded friends with light snacks and beverages.
June 22, 1941: The Germans amass over 3 million troops along the western border of the Soviet Union. They begin the largest land invasion in the history of warfare. Since the German Wehrmacht conquered France in just 6 weeks, the world expected another quick German victory, The Germans enjoyed immediate success. In less than 6 weeks they took over 1 million Soviet prisoners. Their army had already marched halfway to Moscow. Success seemed assured.
On December 7, 1941, the day we declared war on the Empire of Japan, the German drive to Moscow stalled, The bitter winter ended any hope of a dramatic victory. Germany became bogged down in a war of attrition they were destined to lose. Russia pulled off a miracle. They stopped the vaunted German Blitzkrieg.
How could the German Wehrmacht be so successful in conquering Europe, yet fail against the Soviet Union?
Allow Ron Smith to be your guide in analyzing many factors that produced a Soviet victory. People generally assume that the Russian winter defeated Germany. While that was a factor, numerous other reasons account for the failure of Operation Barbarossa. Enjoy a glimpse 80 years back into time and examine ten reasons why the Russians prevailed against Germany.
Ron Smith’s teaching and lecturing career began at age 9 when his father took him to see a planetarium show at the Griffith Observatory. Ten years later Ron’s dream came true when he began giving planetarium shows at Griffith while pursuing an astronomy degree at the University of Southern California. After graduating from USC, Ron began his 34 year teaching career in the California Community College system. He first directed the Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College, then two years later, became a professor of astronomy at Santa Monica College. In 1984 he left Southern California and taught for 18 years at Santa Rosa Junior College. There he produced planetarium programs for the college star theater, and taught astronomy, meteorology, and earth science.
Ron Smith considers himself to be a planetarium educator. His experience in junior college teaching, public lecturing at the Page Museum of Natural history, and planetarium show production gives him a broad based science background. In retirement, Ron continues to enjoy sharing his love of science with audiences at Sunriver, Dixie State University, and the Kayenta Center for the Performing Arts
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