Political map of Europe & the Mediterranean 24 March 1945 (Invasion of Germany): In early 1945, the Soviets pushed through Poland, breaching the pre-War German border and closing in on Berlin (Vistula%E2%80%93Oder Offensive). Meanwhile, the Western Allies had defeated the German counteroffensive in Belgium (Battle of the Bulge) and were ready to invade Germany in force, crossing the Rhine in March (Western Allied invasion of Germany).