The Eastern front began to break down at the beginning of 1944. Although the German tanks were superior, the Allies had greater numbers and started to take the upper hand. Also the troops were unable, despite their tactical skills, to compensate. In autumn 1944 the Red Army were at the door to East Prussia. The defensive battles became harder. The thrown together tank units fought the best they could against the overwhelming Red Army. Millions of East Germans fled to, and around, Danzig. From here it was then possible by Sea or land to escape to the West.