On 20 April 1945 the 2nd Byelorussian Front attacked across the lower Oder and into Germany's last defensive line. After four days of fighting the Soviet bridgehead between Stettin and Schwedt could no longer be contained by the weak formations of the 3.Panzer Armee. The German leadership of Heeresgruppe Weichsel and the 3.Panzer Armee ordered a phased withdrawal west toward the Western Allied lines without the permission of OKW or the Führer and eventually surrendered to the British 21st Army Group on 4 May after nearly a seven day race to keep ahead of advancing soviet tank columns.Using the Combat Diary of General der Infanterie Martin Gareis, supplemented by the postwar interviews of Generaloberst Hasso von Manteuffel who commanded the 3.Panzer Armee, and his Chief of Staff Generalmajor Burkhart Müller-Hillebrand, the final dramatic battle of the 3.Panzer Armee is uniquely presented through the words of its key military officers. 128 pages, 4 photographs and 16 maps.
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