The years 1943-45 were years that saw a gradual obliteration of the German Army by the Red Army. The very fact that it took three years for the Russians to do it speaks volumes of the fighting quality of the German soldier.
Here it is. In images.
"Men are walking over German corpses. Corpses, hundreds and thousands of them, pave the road, lie in ditches, under the pines, in the green barley. In some places, vehicles have to drive over the corpses, so densely they lie upon the ground [...] A cauldron of death was boiling here, where the revenge was carried out"
Hetzer lies abandoned in Prague. May 1945.
Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251are still fighting on. Fighting Soviet troops in Hungary. January 1945
Majdanek camp. Outskirts of the city of Lublin, Poland, 1944.
Pak 40 anti-tank gun.
Sturmpanzer 43 play with a monkey in Warsaw, Poland. August-September 1944