As the Allies closed on the German heartland from both east and west, the war in Europe was in its final throws. However, no one knew just how much longer the opposition would fight on.
Dr Peter Caddick-Adams looks at the pivotal moments in the lead up to the final victory over Germany.
Sunday January 28, 1945. US Army Master Sergeant Forrest Pogue carefully noted in his diary: “Cold. Snow. Must be about zero. Today is D+236.”