Vac, Hungary, 35 miles north of Budapest: By the end of 1944 the Russian advance had carried them into Hungary and the 9th SS Korps, including Florian Geyer and Maria Theresia, were trapped in Budapest. One Christmas Eve, 1944, Hitler ordered Gille's 4th Panzer Korps, comprising Wiking, now commanded by Johannes Muhlenkamp, and Totenkopf, to their rescue. The attack was scheduled to begin on New Year's Day. The Russians were consolidating their grip on Budapest, and on Dec. 31st, committed the fresh 5th Guards Tank Army towards the city of Vec in an attempt to block any such rescue. In this scenario, the entire Totenkopf divison, supported by a reinforced heavy panzer regiment from Wiking, move on the industrial town of Vec, just north of Budapest, and are met head on by the bulk of the 2th Guards Tank Corps.