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1945 Battle of Omsk
Battle-berlin-1945-ww2-second-world-war-history-amazing-incredible-pictures-images-photos-008Soviets clinging on to an important Omsk river crossing.
Beginning:

September 12, 1945

End:

October 24, 1945

Place:

Chelyabinsk Oblast, Kurgan Oblast and Omsk Oblast

Outcome:

A German defensive victory

Major battles:

Chelyabinsk
Kurgan
Omsk

Combatants

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Germany
Flag of Romania România
Flag of Hungary (1920–1946) Hungary
Franceaxisworld Vichy France
Flag of Nazi Norway Norwegian Quizlings
Flag of Chechen Republic before 2004 Chechen volunteers.

Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) USSR
Flag of the People's Republic of China Communist China
US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick USA volenters
Flag of the People's Republic of Mongolia (1940-1992) Mongolia

Commanders

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Marshal Eric Von-Manstine
Flag of Romania General Anton României.

Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) General Georgi Zhukov
Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) General Yuri Konsantinov

Strength

≈16,600

≈17,500

Casualties and Losses

≈4,500

≈8,500

Overview

Germany could concentrate on fighting in the Omsk-Chelyabinsk sector now USSR offensive had stalled in the 1945 Urals War.

The initial conflict was opened after the German victory industrial city of Magnitogorsk.

German, Hungarian and Romania forces had spent most of September in heavy tank battles between Yekaterinburg and the industrial city of Magnitogorsk and Omsk. A particularly fierce clash occurred in between German [|Panzerkampfwagen E-100], and Soviet TP7 , IS-2 Heavy, [|NI-tractor] and KV-1 Heavy tanks with heavy losses on both sides at the city of Kurgan.

German armies lay siege to the heavily defended bunkers and forts at Omsk from October 12th onwards. The 300mm siege mortar 'Thor' also helped in the final conquest of the Soviet stronghold at Omsk on October October 20th and 21st. It was understood that many young Soviet recruits surrendered out of fear after the falsely rumored threat of the use of a new 1kt 'Magda' bomb.

Causes of the conflict

A Waffen-SS Suicide Squadrons detachment from the SS Division Das Reich, armed with the 300mm siege mortar Thor, 20 [Panzerkampfwagen | E-100 Panzerkampfwagen] and 40 Tiger I tanks advance through the Eastern Uralsk Front in to Chelyabinsk Oblast and the Omsk Oblast in order to stop Soviet raids emanating from the city of Omsk.

Tactics

The Germans had manipulated the fear of communism in Europe to call upon extra forces from Vichy France (which was not invaded as in OTL) and troops from Norway and parts of Greece. Mustering a massive German-allied force of French, Greek, Norwegian, and Romanian divisions .

Result

A German defensive victory. The German army had successfully captured the Soviet city and transitional capital of the dying USSR. It was a major tactical victory for the Reich, however, for the Russians it remained a great strategic victory. The Germans had been held off long enough for Stalin to begin a counteroffensive, with the rebuilding of tanks and divisions, the Red Army could now immediately get itself back up and strike hard against the German-allied armies. The Soviet high command assessed the importance of bringing Germany deeper and deeper into the heart of Siberia, where it could now unleash a very destructive guerrilla war using the bitterly cold winter as an ally.

Political outcome

With its immediate goals achieved Germany, Romania, Vichy France and Hungary could afford to consolidate their gains.

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