The Polish Army Moves Through Küstrin After Liberation
Küstrin, once a city of over 20,000 inhabitants, was left completely devastated by the war. Here you can see a Polish Army motorized unit drive through the deserted streets after the town’s liberation by the Soviets in early 1945.
The city’s location cost it dearly. Allied air raids and its position as a German bridgehead on the east bank of the Oder meant that nearly all of its buildings were destroyed — including all 32 of the city’s factories. After the war, the town was placed under Polish administration and any remaining Germans were expelled westward and replaced with Polish refugees.
Küstrin, Province of Brandenburg, Free State of Prussia, Germany (now, Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Lubusz Voivodeship, Poland).