The Men of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose

By Stephen E. Ambrose

From the bestselling writer of 'Band Of Brothers', 'The males of worldwide battle II' ' is a portrait of the intense braveness and fortitude displayed by means of hundreds of thousands of normal males. It covers the battle in Europe, from D-Day to Berlin.

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Mid-February 1945. In the area of Lake Balaton a German counterattack is launched in March 1945 with the aim of keeping 3. The Soviet summer offensive, launched in August 1944, pushes the control of the local oil fields. German Heeresgruppen Nord and Mitte back to East Prussia, Warsaw and, to the north, close to the Baltic. 4. The 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts attack in the Balkans from 20 On 24 September the Red Army starts its offensive against Hungary 7. On 12 January 1945 the Red Army launches its major offensive towards Germany; by 31 January, the Soviet 1st and 2nd August 1944; by 25 August Romania has surrendered and switched Bielorussian Fronts have reached the Oder at Frankfurt - about sides, joining the Soviet Union (Bulgaria surrenders on 9 60km (37 miles) from Berlin.

As early as 24 August, back in his HQ, Guderian began to prepare the new offensive by switching two of his corps to the south to seize decent jump-off positions. The offensive started on 5 September and ended ten days later when his forces linked up with Kleist's Panzergruppe 1 at Lokhvitsa, closing the largest pocket ever made in the war. By then Hitler had ordered a resumption in the advance towards Moscow, a much harder task now than before. Not because the Red Army had taken advantage of the Kiev diversion to prepare its defences west of Moscow, but because the German forces were simply too worn out to push as hard as they had done so far.

And Panzers advancing on the Eastern Front. The tanks include light Panzer II and Czech-produced Panzer 35 (t) tanks. Incorporated after the annexation of Czechoslovakia, some 1,400 Czech Panzer 35 and 38s were used by the German Army, mostly Panzer 38s which were produced until June 1942. (Private collection) 54 WHEN WAR IS DONE After his capture by the Americans on 10 May 1945, Guderian managed to avoid being handed over to the Soviets, despite official requests, and instead became part of the US Army Historical Division's 'Foreign Military Studies Program', started in 1945, fully developed from 1948 and brought to an end in 1954.

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