Battle of Seelow Heights
Part of Eastern Front
Battle of Seelow
USSR tanks fighting German tanks
Date April 16-19, 1945
Location Seelow Heights, Germany
Result Soviet victory
Soviet Roundel Soviet Union Flag of Wehrmacht Germany
Commanders and leaders
Georgi Zhukov Gotthard Henrici
Units involved
Red Army Wehrmacht
1,000,000 troops
3,100 tanks
17,000 artillery
112,000 troops
600 tanks
3,000 artillery
Casualties and losses
30,000 killed
20,000 wounded
12,000 killed
The Battle of Seelow Heights was an engagement that occurred in April 1945 between Germany and the Soviet Union, in the town of Seelow, Germany. The Soviets pushed the Germans back in an attack on their camp, an armored offensive, and by using flamethrowers, taking three days.

Battle Edit

April 18 Edit

The Red Army advanced into Germany with brutal reprisals for German viciousness in their invasion of the Soviet Union, outnumbering them ten to one, with wave upon wave of infantry moving on the Germans to get rid of their armor. The Red Army soon reached the town of Seelow, which was the center of a series of hills defended by German infantry and tankers. 

On April 18, 1945, the first attack began. The Russians pushed forwards, with their infantry sitting on advancing tanks. The Red Army pushed the Germans back through the wheat fields around the town by throwing Molotov Cocktails at the field, either killing dozens of Wehrmacht soldiers or making them flee for miles. The German tanks wreaked havoc on the advancing Soviets until the Red Army soldiers, equipped with Panzerschrecks, blew up the King Tiger IIs. The Germans were rapidly forced back, and the Red Army assaulted the Wehrmacht main camp after hours of combat.

The Russian tanks pushed on the German main camp, along with some infantrymen, and a grand attack began, with the Red Army using bazookas to blow up some German watchtowers and pickup trucks that transported reinforcements to the front lines. The Red Army soldiers captured the camp after gruesome close combat with PPSH-41s and Gewehr-43s. The Russians killed off all of the Axis troops in the camp and forced the Germans back, and prepared a final attack.

Armored Counterattack Edit

On April 19, 1945, they attacked the remaining 100,000 German soldiers with T-55 tanks, facing a series of trenches, bunkers, and artillery pieces scattered throughout the Seelow Heights. The Red Army pushed past all of the German troops, blowing up the radio towers, Panzers, and troop transports, carrying escaping Germans. Few German transports escaped the scene as the Red Army closed in on the train station, which fell later that day. 

Aftermath Edit

The Seelow Train Station was used to funnel Red Army troops into the rest of Germany, especially during the Berlin Campaign, where some were sent to the Battle of Pankow on April 23.