On January 12, 1945 the Soviet Red Army unleashed its winter offensive, launching strong forces on either side of Warsaw, and within a couple of days crushed the German forces defending the line of the Vistula river and headed westwards. Leaving behind a few small pockets of enemy resistance and cities proclaimed ‘fortresses’, the First Byelorussian Front began a great dash across Poland. Within little over two weeks the Soviet forces reached the Oder river and established several bridgeheads on its western bank. The Oder was the last great river barring the way to Berlin, now just 60 kilometers away, and the Germans mobilized everything in a desperate effort to defend the river line and prevent a Soviet march on the capital.
This book brings together three After the Battle stories documenting the advance on the Oder and the long-draw-out struggles for the bridgeheads over it:
Issue 188: The Battle for Festung Posen, 1945
Issue 184: The Oder Bridgeheads, 1945
Issue 192: The Battle of Festung Küstrin
Daniel Taylor. Hard cover. 6.8″ x 9.7″. English language. 224 pages. 192 mono illustrations.