World Battlefronts: EASTERN FRONT: Into the Belly

While the western Allies cut toward the head and heart of the dying German dragon, the Red Army sliced up into its belly. Austria, the land whence Adolf Hitler sprang, was invaded.

Red-starred tanks of Marshals Fedor I. Tolbukhin and Rodion Y. Malinovsky knifed nearer Vienna, the old Habsburg capital where the Nazi Führer first paraded as a conqueror. They reached Wiener-Neustadt, bomb-battered center through which supplies flow to Germans in Yugoslavia and Italy. The great Austrian and Czechoslovakian industries, which at the end of 1944 were supplying some 60% of German war production, were threatened.

Tolbukhin's tanks surged across the plains...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!