The Great Patriotic War: Germany at Bay
World War II: The Eastern Front from Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin (14 September 1944)
Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union
In June, the Allies landed in France, re-opening the Western Front. At the same time, the Russians pushed into Belarus and Poland. Under Soviet pressure, Romania, Bulgaria, and Finland turned against Germany.
Soviet offensive into Belorussian SSR and eastern Poland
Liberation of Paris
With the approach of the US 3rd Army under General George Patton, the French Forces of the Interior (FFI) - the military component of the French Resistance - staged an uprising against the German garrison in Paris. While the Germans were skirmishing with the FFI, Free French forces entered the city on the night of 24 August, followed by General Philippe Leclerc's 2nd French Armored Division and the US 3rd Army on the morning of the 25th. Despite Hitler's orders to destroy the city, the German garrison surrendered at 3:30 pm that day.
King Michael of Romania overthrows pro-Nazi Ion Antonescu
Following the Finnish victory in the battle of Ilomantsi in August 1944, the Soviet Union brought its offensive in Finland to a halt and ended its demand for Finland's unconditional surrender. To allow for a peace treaty, Finnish President Ryti resigned and the new government requested a ceasefire in late August. The ceasefire came into effect on 4 September for the Finns, with the Soviets ending hostilities exactly 24 hours later.