By Prit Buttar
The bad months among the arriving of the pink military on German soil and the ultimate cave in of Hitler's regime have been like no different within the moment international battle. The Soviet Army's reason to take revenge for the horror that the Nazis had wreaked on their humans produced a clash of implacable brutality within which thousands perished.
From the nice battles that marked the Soviet conquest of East and West Prussia to the ultimate hand over within the Vistula estuary, this publication recounts in chilling element the determined fight of infantrymen and civilians alike. those brutal campaigns are introduced vividly to lifestyles via a mix of formerly unseen testimony and astute strategic research recognising a clash of unparalleled horror and discomfort.
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Additional resources for Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 (General Military)
In a private conversation with Stalin, Roosevelt made it clear that the question of Poland's border would not pose problems. German industry had two great heartlands. The western area was centred on the Ruhr, and had been bombed heavily by Britain and the United States. By the later stages of the war, it was less important than the factories of Silesia, territory that lay to the southwest of what had once been Poland. By passing this territory to Poland, the Allies could achieve two goals: Germany would lose some of its industrial power, and Poland would receive valuable territory in exchange for what it was to lose in the east.
As they advanced across the devastated expanses of the Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, the Red Army's soldiers saw at first hand evidence of mistreatment of civilians by the German occupiers. The political officers with every unit were ordered to instil hatred of Germany in their men, and adopted a variety of means to achieve this. In many units, 'revenge scores' were established - soldiers were asked to compile lists of atrocities committed against them and their families by the Germans. It was inevitable that, when the opportunity arose, they would respond in kind.
Hundreds of thousands perished, but their fate could have been far worse if the city had actually fallen under German control. Stalin only started to consider Poland as anything other than an occupied territory after the Germans invaded Russia in 1941. He immediately recognized the Polish government-in-exile, and allowed Poles within the Soviet Union to join Polish Army formations. Characteristically, few of these new Polish formations were prepared to fight under Soviet control, and eventually transferred to the west via the Middle East.