Before the war Gdańsk (Danzig) counted 250.000 inhabitants, a mixture of Germans, Poles and Jews. Macmillan 1991, New York. The Nehrung would lead the refugees to Gotenhafen or Danzig - and to another escape route by sea. The majority of them was forced to leave. Order of Battle Kriegsmarine Liberation of Danzig 3 - Duration: 17:18. Polish nationals took their place. The Battle of east Prussia was brutal. Kurowski, Franz: Hitler's Last Bastion - The Final Battles for the Reich 1944-1945. The Soviet advance to the Oder, January–February 1945. Members of the police office, together with local SS and SA volunteers cut the telephone and electricity line that was supplying the post office building and laid a siege. Five years later, the city's nearby death camp was the last to be freed The Naval Siege of Japan 1945: War Plan Orange triumphant (Campaign) [Herder, Brian Lane, Hwee, Dorothy] on Amazon.com. At the end of 1944 the Germans still held the western half of Poland, and their front was still 200 miles east of where it had been at the start of the war in 1939. Germany bitterly resented the loss of this largely German city, which was also an important port on the Baltic Sea. Battle for Danzig The Treaty of Versailles, imposed on defeated Germany following World War I, declared Danzig to be a free city jointly administered by Poland and the League of Nations. As Danzig it was the childhood home of the German writer Günter Grass, several of whose novels are set in the locality. Order of Battle:Winter War DLC-First Look - Duration: 45:23. German civilians in February 1945 in Danzig and the surrounding area; fleeing from the approaching Red Army, millions of people left there homes and headed west. East Prussia in 1945 was hell Earth as the vengeful Red Army raped German women and destroyed the German army. With the help of the ethnic Germans in Danzig, a siege was organized. Three ADGZ heavy armored cars were brought in by the police. Danzig: The city where hell began and ended. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 17:18. When the Nazis invaded 80 years ago, the city was a key target. Agrippa Maxentius 381 views. Some 124.000 Germans were still in the city by June 1945. Anyone who travels with civilian convoys or loiters in private quarters is considered a deserter. Danzig shop window signs 1945: (left sign) Soldiers, report to the nearest army base. By April 1945, 500 rape cases per week were being reported to the Judge Advocate General of American forces in Europe and those were only the reported rapes in limited areas. Included are accounts of the sieges of the fortress cities such as Danzig, Kolberg, Posen, Breslau, East Prussia and Berlin. Greatly damaged during the war, Gdańsk was returned to Poland in March 1945. 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