MANALAPAN, NJ – Operation Barbarossa, the story about the Nazi invasion of the USSR, will be discussed Thursday. May 19, when Professor Paul Zigo of Brookdale Community College will present a program highlighting the surprise attack that stunned Premier Joseph Stalin.

Zigo, a former associate professor of history at Brookdale who retired last year, is a former Director of the Center for World War II Studies and current Director at the World War II Era Studies Institute. He is a founding member of the National Museum of the US Army, and a recognized expert and renowned for his historic research on World War II. 

 During the May 19 event,  Zigo will discuss the events that led up to the entrance of the United States in the War, as well as all aspects of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union with what was described as the largest armed force ever assembled.

The assault involved more than three million troops, more than half a million vehicles, plus horses, tanks and other equipment hurled at the surprised and unprepared Russians.

The program begins at 7 p.m. and, as with all programs at the county library, admission is free. No reservations are necessary.

A popular speaker at the Monmouth County Library, Zigo will have two lectures in September, one on Sept. 15 discussing a failure of American Diplomacy, and one on Sept. 22 when he will lead a discussion on whether the attack on Pearl Harbor could have been avoided.

The library is located at 125 Symmes Drive. Further information on this and all programs within the library system is available at