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It was a strategic victory for the Allies in their push towards Berlin.

Having suffered nearly 200,000 deaths in three years fighting the Soviet Union, and with the front lines approaching its own cities, Hungary was by early 1944 ready to exit World War II.

Formations that actually took part in the fighting appear to have included the 53rd Army, 7th Guards Army, portions of the 3rd Ukrainian Front, including the 46th Army, and the Romanian 7th Army Corps.

The Red Army started its offensive against the city on 29 October 1944.

During the siege, about 38,000 civilians died through starvation or military action.

The city unconditionally surrendered on 13 February 1945.

The besieging Soviet forces were part of Rodion Malinovsky's 2nd Ukrainian Front.

On 26 December, a road linking Budapest to Vienna was seized by Soviet troops, thereby completing the encirclement.

The nazi "Leader of the Nation" (Nemzetvezető), Ferenc Szálasi, had already fled on 9 December.

On 3 January, the Soviet command sent four more divisions to meet the threat.

This Soviet action stopped the offensive near Bicske, less than 20 kilometers west of Budapest. They then launched Operation Konrad II on 7 January.

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