The Battle of Halbe took place at the end of World War II, in the German city of Halbe, about a couple of miles southeast of Berlin. It was fought between the German 9th Army, led by Theodor Busse, and the Soviet Army, commanded by Ivan Konev, from April 24 to May 1, 1945. During a week of ferocious fighting, the war-weary Germans were encircled and defeated by the Russians as they were surpassed in number by the enemy. However, about 35,000 German soldiers escaped the Soviet encirclement and joined the 12th Army to keep fighting without hope. During this time, the Battle of Berlin raged on.