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The Eastern Front was a region of Eastern Europe where some of the most ferocious fighting of World War II took place. The Eastern Front would also be the side with heavier casualties then the Western Front with many of the deaths being inflicted on civilians. The main combatants of this theater were Germany, Poland, Finland, the Soviet Union, Romania, and Hungary. The intensity of the front really began with Operation Barbarossa in which Germany broke its treaty with the Soviet Union in June 1941.The Germans made significant pushes and had multiple victories but eventually would begin to be pushed back. The troops were spread out much too thin and oftentimes German equipment and men were ill suited or prepared for the harsh climates presented. The Battle of Stalingrad is often considered the turning point in the Eastern Front in which Germany began to be pushed back to Berlin and the end of the war, but the Battle of Kursk could be considered as well.