World Battlefronts: EASTERN FRONT: The Final Flood

The huge flood of Russian might along the Oder and Neisse Rivers, fronting Berlin and Dresden, began to rise this week. The dikes crumpled first in the plains northeast of Berlin. Marshal Georgi Zhukov's forces, behind a tremendous predawn artillery shoot and attacks by swarms of bombers, broke into the Schwedt area below Stettin and set up a new Oder bridgehead 45 miles northeast of Berlin.

But this was only a beginning. The Germans, who seemed to want to speed the last few minutes before the hour of doom in the north, told...

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