World Battlefronts: Near the Back Door

Germany's southern frontier would soon be a front, instead of an area threatened by swift-moving Russian spearheads.

Marshal Rodion Y. Malinovsky's Second Ukrainian Army, driving north from Rumania, had already driven out onto the Hungarian plain. Last week, crumpling paper-thin Hungarian opposition, it reached the only water barrier before Budapest and the Danube — the Tisza River. With hardly a pause, the Russians crossed it 50 miles from Budapest, had a clear road ahead to the capital, where Nazis were already beginning to clear out.

Belgrade and Nish. Other Soviet divisions were busy in Yugoslavia. A quick march westward from Rumania took them...

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