At the end of 1944 the Germans still held the western half of Poland, and their front was still 200 miles east of where it had been at the start of the war in 1939. The Soviet advance to the Oder, January–February 1945. Battle for Danzig The Treaty of Versailles, imposed on defeated Germany following World War I, declared Danzig to be a free city jointly administered by Poland and the League of Nations. Polish nationals took their place. When the Nazis invaded 80 years ago, the city was a key target. With the help of the ethnic Germans in Danzig, a siege was organized. As Danzig it was the childhood home of the German writer Günter Grass, several of whose novels are set in the locality. By April 1945, 500 rape cases per week were being reported to the Judge Advocate General of American forces in Europe and those were only the reported rapes in limited areas. Kurowski, Franz: Hitler's Last Bastion - The Final Battles for the Reich 1944-1945. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Naval Siege of Japan 1945: War Plan Orange triumphant (Campaign) Members of the police office, together with local SS and SA volunteers cut the telephone and electricity line that was supplying the post office building and laid a siege. Anyone who travels with civilian convoys or loiters in private quarters is considered a deserter. Before the war Gdańsk (Danzig) counted 250.000 inhabitants, a mixture of Germans, Poles and Jews. Greatly damaged during the war, Gdańsk was returned to Poland in March 1945. Germany bitterly resented the loss of this largely German city, which was also an important port on the Baltic Sea. Order of Battle Kriegsmarine Liberation of Danzig 3 - Duration: 17:18. The majority of them was forced to leave. Now fully reconstructed, it counts among its restored buildings St. Catherine’s Church, sections of which date from the 14th century, and the medieval town hall. Danzig: The city where hell began and ended. Agrippa Maxentius 381 views. The Battle of east Prussia was brutal. The Naval Siege of Japan 1945: War Plan Orange triumphant (Campaign) [Herder, Brian Lane, Hwee, Dorothy] on Amazon.com. Five years later, the city's nearby death camp was the last to be freed The Nehrung would lead the refugees to Gotenhafen or Danzig - and to another escape route by sea. German civilians in February 1945 in Danzig and the surrounding area; fleeing from the approaching Red Army, millions of people left there homes and headed west. East Prussia in 1945 was hell Earth as the vengeful Red Army raped German women and destroyed the German army. Some 124.000 Germans were still in the city by June 1945. 17:18. Danzig shop window signs 1945: (left sign) Soldiers, report to the nearest army base. Order of Battle:Winter War DLC-First Look - Duration: 45:23. Three ADGZ heavy armored cars were brought in by the police. Included are accounts of the sieges of the fortress cities such as Danzig, Kolberg, Posen, Breslau, East Prussia and Berlin. 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