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Location address: Deutschland, Märkisch-Oderland
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The Battle of the Seelow Heights (German: Schlacht um die “Seelower Höhen”) was part of the Seelow-Berlin Offensive Operation (16 April-2 May 1945), one of the last assaults on large entrenched defensive positions of World War II. It was fought over three days, from 16–19 April 1945. Close to one million Soviet soldiers of the 1st Belorussian Front (including 78,556 soldiers of the Polish 1st Army), commanded by Marshal Georgi Zhukov, attacked the position known as the “Gates of Berlin”. They were opposed by about 110,000 soldiers of the German 9th Army, commanded by General Theodor Busse, as part of the Army Group Vistula.
The Seelow Heights are situated around the town of Seelow, about 90 kilometers east of Berlin, and overlook the Oderbruch, the western flood plain of the River Oder, which is a further 20 kilometers to the east.