From the Vistula to the Oder

The Great Patriotic War: Germany at Bay

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From the Vistula to the Oder

World War II: The Eastern Front from Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin (8 February 1945)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

In October 1944, the Soviets swung into Hungary. By January, they were ready to thrust into the German Reich itself, closing in on Berlin. With the British and Americans about to invade from the west, Nazi Germany's days were numbered.

Main Events

Yugoslav partisans and Soviet troops force Germany out of Belgrade area

Soviet Union annexes Tuvan People's Republic

Operation Manna

British airborne forces land in Athens

Budapest Offensive

Soviets invade Hungary

Second East Turkestan Republic

Following the Soviet-supported Ili Rebellion in northern Xinjiang, Republic of China, Turkic rebel groups declare the creation of the second East Turkestan Republic in Khulja. Ali Khan Ture, Marshal of the Ili National Army, is elected as president. With Soviet military assistance, the rebels quickly take control of the Ili, Tarbagatay, and Altay districts.

Battle of the Bulge

German offensive in Ardennes

Vistula-Oder Offensive

Soviets invade Poland and eastern Germany

Yalta Conference

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