World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF BERLIN: Dayosh Berlin!

Through the smoke of fires set by R.A.F. and U.S. bombers, overcrowded Berlin could see the lightning and hear the thunder of Marshal Georgy K. Zhukov's First White Russian Army guns. They were trained, as Berlin knew, on the ancient fortress of Küstrin and five-times-stormed Frankfurt, the last two strongholds on the direct road to Berlin. Red Army soldiers, locked in a mighty tank and infantry battle in the "Oder quadrilateral" (the big bend in the river near Frankfurt), could see the pall of smoke that hung over Berlin.

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