Soviet Breakthrough

World War II: Fall of the Third Reich

Europe 1944.0129

Soviet Breakthrough

World War II in Europe from Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin (29 January 1944)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

The latter half of 1943 saw the Soviet Red Army push inexorably westwards. By the end of the year they had broken through German defences on the Dnieper and liberated two-thirds of the territory they had lost in the war. In early 1944 they ended the 900 day Siege of Leningrad.

Main Events

Battle of Kiev

Soviets cross Dnieper and retake Kiev

Tehran Conference ('Eureka') held between Britain, US and USSR

Operation Shingle

Allies land at Anzio and Nettuno

Soviets end Siege of Leningrad

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