17 January 1945 - Warsaw was liberated by the Red Army and 1st Polish Army. They found a completely devastated city. 2,000 Jewish survivors were found in underground hideouts but only 174,000 people were left in the city, less than six per cent of the prewar population. At Mlawa, 320 Poles, mostly partisans, are shot by the Germans in one of many last-minute executions around Warsaw. In the next 18 days, Soviet troops will advance a further 300 miles into German-held territory.