The summer of 1945 began with a general offensive all along the whole front from the Soviet Union. There are 5 primary “foci” for the offensive for which the armored divisions are concentrated: 1. just west of Warsaw, 2. just east of Krakow, 3. just east of Budapest, 4. just east of Novi Sad, and 5. just north of Larissa.
The armor concentration near Warsaw is by far the biggest for the Red Army, comprising 168 divisions of tanks and mostly mechanized or motorized infantry. Barely half of that, 82 divisions, was brought near Budapest. 46 divisions were placed outside Krakow, 34 divisions in southern Yugoslavia and 22 divisions are in position for the conquest of Greece.
The narrowing of the front compared to 1944 aided the Axis forces in increasing further their forces along the line. The bogged-down operations by the Western Allies in the Italian peninsula (only controlling Sicily thus far) meant Italy was able to commit more forces to the Eastern Front.
The Red Army was able to remove Axis forces in Greece immediately, thus the 22 armored divisions were able to help in the Yugoslav sector. Hungary surrendered as well after the fall of Budapest, in addition to the capture of half of Slovakia, and consequently forces assigned to the Hungarian sector are now positioned along south Germany and west Czechoslovakia.
Although Krakow was liberated, progress was relatively slow in the south Poland sector. The north Poland sector forces however was able to spread out and thus an encirclement of Axis forces in western Poland was achieved. Armored divisions part of the northern thrust was able to solidify a front just 50 miles east of Berlin, before winter set in and 1946 came.