The Fuhrer was dead and the Soviet juggernaut was fast closing in on the remnants of the 1st SS Panzer Division (Leibstandarte). Now, even these, the most fanatical German troops knew the war was over. None of them wanted to be the last to die, or even worse, become a prisoner of the Russians. On 2 May, Untersturmfuhrer Warnecke led a detachment of former Tiger tank crews from SS-Panzer Abteilung 591 to the Nibelungen Work to draw two new Jagdtigers and bring them back to the division headquarters. From there, they road-marched to Waidhofen where they formed a kampfgruppe with ten newly delivered Panzer IVs. Their mission was to delay the lead elements of the Russian 20th Guards Rifle Corps while the rest of Leibstandarte retreated to the west, taking the last open corridor to surrender to the American army. One Jagdtiger was immobilized and had to be destroyed by its crew before the fight even started, leaving the last Jagdtiger to wait in ambush with the Panzer IVs. Soon, Russian tanks came into view. . .