Europe 1944: Liberation of the Balkans
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.
14 Sep–24 Nov 1944 Belgrade Offensive▲
Yugoslav partisans and Soviet troops force Germany out of Belgrade area
29 Oct 1944–13 Feb 1945 Budapest Offensive▲
Soviets invade Hungary
10 Nov 1944–8 May 1945 Retaking of Finnmark▲
Norwegian forces arrived in Kirkenes, Norway, traveling from Britain via Murmansk, relieving the Soviet forward positions and retaking Finnmark, the northernmost province of Norway, from the retreating Germans.
16 Dec 1944–5 Jan 1945 Battle of the Bulge▲
German offensive in Ardennes