The Fall of Berlin, 1945

Devastation in Berlin Soviet troops at the Brandenburg Gate

The final chapter in the destruction of Hitler’s Third Reich began on April 16, 1945 when Stalin unleashed the brutal power of 20 armies, 6,300 tanks and 8,500 aircraft with the objective of crushing German resistance and capturing Berlin. By prior agreement, the Allied armies (positioned approximately 60 miles to the west) halted their advance on the city in order to give the Soviets a free hand. The depleted German forces put up a stiff defense, initially repelling the attacking Russians, but ultimately succumbing to overwhelming force. By April 24 the Soviet army…

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2 thoughts on “The Fall of Berlin, 1945

  1. I have read many accounts of the Soviet capture of Berlin over the years. Their soldiers are generally described as ‘beasts’, or something similar. Their treatment of civilians was harsh, at least from the accounts of the survivors. But those same civilians were seemingly happy enough in 1941, when German troops were committing unspeakable atrocities in the Soviet Union, and cheered their victories earlier in the war, before Stalingrad turned the tide.
    I don’t condone unlawful actions by either side, but I can understand why the Russians were so harsh in victory, given what they had experienced.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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