From the Realm of a Dying Sun. Volume 3 (Hardback)
IV. SS-Panzerkorps from Budapest to Vienna, February-May 1945
The concluding part of Doug Nash's magisterial history of IV. SS-Panzerkorps, covering their actions as they retreated from Budapest to Vienna in the final months of the war. Following the fall of Budapest in February 1945, IV. SS-Panzerkorps – exhausted after three attempts to relieve Budapest in January 1945 and outnumbered by the Third Ukrainian Front – fell back to a more defensible line and fortify the city of Stuhlweissenburg. However, Herbert Gille's corps was soon caught in supporting Adolf Hitler's overly ambitious offensive to encircle and destroy Tolbukhin’s forces and reverse the situation in south-eastern Europe. In the aftermath of the unsuccessful operation, the battered corps withdrew into Austria, attempting to block the route into Germany, while the Red Army bore down on Vienna. Enduring relentless Soviet attacks, the men of the corps fought their way to the safety of the demarcation line where it finally surrendered to U.S. forces on 9 May 1945.