Liberation of the Balkans

World War II: Fall of the Third Reich

Europe 1944.1224

Liberation of the Balkans

World War II in Europe from Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin (24 December 1944)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

The Allied push through Belgium was halted by an unexpected German counterattack through the Ardennes in December, however the Soviet offensive continued into Hungary. In the Balkans, where insurgencies had been causing the Germans problems since their initial invasion, Yugoslav and Albanian partisans effectively liberated their own countries.

Main Events

Yugoslav partisans and Soviet troops force Germany out of Belgrade area

Budapest Offensive

Soviets invade Hungary

Norwegians take Finnmark

Norwegian forces arrive in Kirkenes, Norway, from Britain via Murmansk, relieving the Soviet forward positions and retaking Finnmark, the northernmost province of Norway, from the retreating Germans

Battle of the Bulge

German offensive in Ardennes

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