About the 2nd Guards Tank Army (2nd GTA):Army was created in January 1943. In spring and summer of 1943 2nd GTA was engaged in the fierce battles at Sevsk and Kursk. Combat experience was heavily paid by blood. Army played a critical role in containing a strike of the German III. Panzer Korps in February 1944 to rescue the German units in Cherkassy pocket. In March-April 1944 2nd GTA carried out a deep raid to Uman and was amongst the first Russian units crossed Romanian border. In May – June 1944 Army was engaged in combats at Tyrgul Frumos and Jusy against strong German anti-tank defence of GD and 24. PD. The rapid and deep 2nd GTA tank raid from Kovel (Ukraine) to Warsaw (Poland) forced German command to engage five German panzer divisions against it. These included Waffen-SS Totenkopf, Wiking and Wehrmacht 4. PD, 19. PD and Herman Goering. This tank battle fougth in July-August 1944 near Warsaw was the biggest tank engagement on the Eastern Front in 1944. German panzer divisions managed to push back units of the 2nd GTA but were not able to destroy it. In January 1945 2nd GTA just in few weeks swiftly advanced from Vistula to Oder river, defeated strong German troops in Pomerania and ended the war in the captured Berlin.