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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Battle of Berlin (Part 3)

By April 26, Soviet six armies of the 1st Belorussian Front (47th, 3rd and 5th shock, 8th Guards, 1st and 2nd Guards Tank Armies) and three armies of the 1st th Ukrainian Front (28th, 3rd and 4th Guards Tank) were participating in the Battle of Berlin. They included 464 thousand people, 1,500 tanks and self-propelled guns, 12,700 guns and mortars, 2,100 rocket launchers. Considering the experience of taking large cities, for the battles in the city, assault squads were created as part of rifle battalions or companies reinforced with tanks, artillery and sappers. The actions of the assault detachments, as a rule, were preceded by a short but powerful artillery preparation.

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