Malinovskii's forward detachments had encircled doomed Budapest. The German garrison, ordered by
Hitler to defend the Hungarian capital to the last man, fortify the city for a siege. At the Ceramics Factory, well-armed and
determined SS troops organized a circular defense.--- [Mark Nixon, Journal #1]: Loads of hitting power on both sides, room to move around yet plenty of difficult terrain, surrounded SS force outnumbered 2:1 by Russians driving five juggernauts straight at them and FT, DC, HIP and Machineguns galore.