World Battlefronts: Goal: Berlin; Time: Spring

Joseph Stalin had decided, probably months before it started, that the goal of his winter offensive was Berlin, with an end to the German war by spring. To that task the Red Army labored long, carefully building the tremendous weight of arms that this week was grinding over the enemy.

There had never been such a concentration of Soviet might. The Red Army —from northern East Prussia to the Carpathians — had (by German estimate) 200 divisions, an average of one for each two miles. In immediate reserve there were another estimated 100 divisions —...

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