weeks German units under the command of General Wöhler had been attacking
the 3rd Ukrainian Front between the lakes of Velence and Balaton. Stiff resistance
on the 27th Soviet Army under General Tolbuchin had however slowed down the
violent counterattack initially made by the German panzer units. On the 18th of
February additional units containing three German Infantry divisions supported
by two SS Panzer divisions were thrown into the battle, to gain extra strength to
the 6th Panzer Division's push towards Donau. The German advance continued
with intense fighting in the surroundings of Szekesfehervar and Dunaföldvar.