02/08 – Devyatayev’s Great Escape

A Heinkel HE 111 light bomber like the one Mikhail Devyatayev and his comrades stole in 1945. (Flickr) On this day in 1945, Soviet fighter pilot Mikhail Devyatayev and 9 others escaped from a Nazi labour camp located in the Baltic Sea. Shot down over the Eastern Front in 1944, Devyatayev was captured by German…

01/12 – The Vistula-Oder Offensive

A Polish crowd welcomes a Soviet ISU-152 tank to Warsaw. Their enthusiasm was likely short-lived. (Twitter.com) On this day in 1945, units of the Soviet Red Army launched the Vistula-Oder Offensive, an effort to capture strategic Polish population centres including Warsaw and Krak√≥w near the end of WWII. Under the command of Soviet Marshals Georgy…