VE Day: The autumn of Nazi Berlin in footage
After almost four years of intense preventing, Soviet forces finally launched their assault on Berlin on 16 April 1945.
Nazi Germany had invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 and killed an estimated 25 million of the nation's civilians and army.
But now, Adolf Hitler's Germany was on its knees. A depleted and disorganised garrison of about 95,000 confronted two full Soviet military groups attacking from the east and south.
In complete, some 1.5 million Soviet troops encircled and then assaulted the capital. It was the final main offensive of the struggle in Europe.
Adolf Hitler refused to go away the capital, spending the final days of his life underground in the so-called Führerbunker within the centre of the town.
He last appeared above ground on his 56th birthday - 20 April 1945 - to award medals to these defending the town.
That same day, Soviet forces started to shell the town centre. Berlin was utterly surrounded by 23 April.
Nazi forces have been vastly outnumbered and outgunned, and will do nothing but sluggish the Soviet advance.
On 30 April 1945, Hitler killed himself, the day after marrying Eva Braun. Their our bodies have been taken above floor and burned in a bomb crater nearby.
Not long afterwards, Soviet forces captured the shell-damaged Reichstag. A well-known staged photograph exhibits a Soviet soldier lifting the flag of the united states above the historic parliament constructing.
The town officially surrendered on 2 Might, although preventing continued till the top of the conflict in Europe on 8 Might.
Berlin itself was left in ruins. Occupying Soviet troops gave out bread and necessities, but some soldiers also committed atrocities against civilians. Hundreds of girls have been raped.
Berlin was occupied by the victorious Allied powers after the conflict.
Civilians began to clear up the town, and the leaders of the US, UK and USSR all met within the Berlin suburb of Potsdam just months after the warfare ended to shape the peace.
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