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Halbe cauldron-destruction of 9th Army

Discussion in 'Eastern Europe February 1943 to End of War' started by Kai-Petri, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. Kai-Petri

    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    The last hope of Hitler:

    12th Army by Wenck

    9th Army by Busse

    The latter was destroyed in Halbe

    Some excerpts:

    http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/8662/ktiger3.html

    One of the bloodiest episodes at the end of WWII was the cauldron of Halbe, April 1945. Early April 1945 sSSPzAbt. 502 was translocated to the area Diedersdorf-Litzen in preparation for the expected Russian main offensive against Berlin, which started on April 16th, 1945. Although the 9th German Army could hold the Oder-front near Frankfurt am Oder, they were bypassed and encircled by the spearheads of the 1st Ukrain and 1st White-Russian front. Being under attack from three sides, the last five Tiger IIs of sSSPzAbt. 502 were used to spearhead a desperate breakout at Halbe on April 27th. Followed by tens of thousands of soldiers and refugees, the column moved through woods and villages, being sitting ducks for the waiting Russians on both flanks. The Tigers were able to establish a breakthrough despite heavy fire from Russian artillery, T-34s and anti-tank guns. The last two Tigers of were lost on the first of May, when the decimated Kampfgruppe reached the 12th Army. By that time up to 60.000 Germans were killed, both soldiers and refugees.

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    Waldfriedhof Halbe, the largest World War 2 German cemetery in existence with over 20,000 buried. The cemetery has no name index and over half of the graves are marked simply "Unbekannt" (Unknown). Many of the markers reflect mass burials of 30, 50, 100 or 150 unknown soldiers.

    http://www.feldgrau.com/halbesearch.html

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    If anyone has more details on the battles and movements of the 9th and 12th German armies in the end phase of the war I hope you put it here.Thanx!

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    12th Army by Wenck

    9th Army by Busse

    Any info on the movements by these forces April 1945?
     

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