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The column of self-propelled SU-85
on the streets of Bucharest. 31 August 1944

Column SU-85 on the streets of liberated
Belgrade. October 1944

The column of self-propelled artillery (SU-85 and SU-85M) on the March. East Prussia, January 1945

The column of self-propelled artillery (SU-85 and SU-85M) on the March. East Prussia, January 1945

The SU-85M Lieutenant Zhukov extends to the line of attack. 24th self-propelled artillery regiment of the 1st Polish tank corps, 1st Belorussian front, April 1945

Self-propelled unit SU-100 Lieutenant M. Alferova in ambush. The 2nd Belorussian front, the Danzig area, April 1945

A column of SU-100 at the March. The 1st Ukrainian front, the 13th army, April 1945

Tanks T-34-85 and self-propelled SU-100 1st guards tank army in the Tiergarten Park. Berlin, 30 April 1945

The Battle of Halbe (German: Kessel von Halbe, Russian: Хальбский котёл, Halbe pocket) lasted from April 24 – May 1, 1945 was a battle in which the German Ninth Army, under the command of Generaloberst Theodor Busse, was destroyed as a fighting force by the Red Army during the Battle for Berlin.

The Ninth Army, trapped in a large pocket in the Spree Forest region south-east of Berlin, attempted to break out of the pocket westwards through the village of Halbe and the pine forests south of Berlin to link up with the German Twelfth Army commanded by General Walther Wenck with the intention of heading west and surrendering to the Western Allies. To do this the Ninth Army had to fight their way through three lines of Soviet troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front under the command of Marshal Ivan Konev, while at the same time units of the 1st Belorussian Front, under the command of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, attacked the German rearguard from the north east.

After heavy fighting about 30,000 German soldiers—one fifth of those trapped in the pocket—managed to reach the comparative safety of the Twelfth Army’s front lines. The rest were either killed or captured by the Soviets.

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A column of PzKpfW IV Ausf.G and Tigers of the 2. SS-Panzer-Division ‘Das Reich’ marching through a snowy forest, near the city of Kirovohrad, 250 km southeast of Kiev, to combat the forces of the 1st Ukrainian Front. Ukraine. 1 December 1943.