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Re: Königsberg is Kaliningrad
That is also an important point. Königsberg was declared to be a fortress and was destroyed in heavy fighting. It would have been not destroyed, if it would have been declared an open city. For sure, there would had been still deportations - but for sure the inventors of a barbaric way of war on this front were the Germans.
The 1941 German order to kill prisoners of war also increased the resistance of the Russian army and the intensity of the fighting. The heavy losses of the German army caused by that broke its back - all the German offensives afterwards were executed with to weak forces and failed therefore.
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