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February 1945. Soviet mortarmen set mortar on the firing line in one of the districts of Budapest.

February 1945. Soviet mortarmen set mortar on the firing line in one of the districts of Budapest.

Rodion Malinowski in Budapest 1945

Rodion Malinowski in Budapest 1945

On night of February 12, the German High Command made a last attempt to break out. Formed through the corridor left more than 12 thousand people were in Buda from 26 thousand soldiers and officers. Soon almost all broken through the group was destroyed by the Soviet. It broke through the German positions just 785 people. Remaining Bude group of enemy troops were killed or taken prisoner. Was captured and the commander of the Budapest Group of Forces General Pfeffer-Vildenbruh with his staff.

On night of February 12, the German High Command made a last attempt to break out. Formed through the corridor left more than 12 thousand people were in Buda from 26 thousand soldiers and officers. Soon almost all broken through the group was destroyed by the Soviet. It broke through the German positions just 785 people. Remaining Bude group of enemy troops were killed or taken prisoner. Was captured and the commander of the Budapest Group of Forces General Pfeffer-Vildenbruh with his staff.

The Soviet offensive in Buda began on January 20. Increasing efforts to transfer as part of Pest, Budapest Group troops moved forward. The enemy offered stubborn resistance. During 11 days of fighting compound group of 608 quarters occupied only 114. Continuing to press the enemy troops Budapest Group by 11 February seized another 109 districts, capturing more than 26 thousand people.

The Soviet offensive in Buda began on January 20. Increasing efforts to transfer as part of Pest, Budapest Group troops moved forward. The enemy offered stubborn resistance. During 11 days of fighting compound group of 608 quarters occupied only 114. Continuing to press the enemy troops Budapest Group by 11 February seized another 109 districts, capturing more than 26 thousand people.

All in the battle for Budapest was destroyed and the captivity of 188 thousand soldiers and officers of the enemy. February 13 to 10 hours the capital of Hungary was completely cleared of the enemy. The Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet decree of June 9, 1945 established the medal "For the Capture of Budapest", which have been awarded more than 350 thousand participants of fights.

All in the battle for Budapest was destroyed and the captivity of 188 thousand soldiers and officers of the enemy. February 13 to 10 hours the capital of Hungary was completely cleared of the enemy. The Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet decree of June 9, 1945 established the medal "For the Capture of Budapest", which have been awarded more than 350 thousand participants of fights.

January 1945: A soldier stands in the snow by the damaged Inner City Church and the Elizabeth Church in Budapest in the last few months of WW II. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

January 1945: A soldier stands in the snow by the damaged Inner City Church and the Elizabeth Church in Budapest in the last few months of WW II. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Освобождение Советская штурмовая группа в бою. Будапешт, 1945 г.-Soviet assault group in combat. Budapest, 1945

Освобождение Советская штурмовая группа в бою. Будапешт, 1945 г.-Soviet assault group in combat. Budapest, 1945

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