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Apocalypse: Battle Of Berlin: 1945 (LARGE IMAGES)

 Berlin. April 1945. Apocalypse. Hell on Earth. This savage battle on this ancient cultured city is perhaps one of the most brutal battles in history. No quarters were given. An aggressive hatred filled Russian army, large in number with lots of tanks and guns. Facing it was a shattered remains of a once proud army. 
The Battle of Berlin is as important for its fierce fighting as for the great suffering of the German people. Hell on Earth. That was Berlin. In April-May 1945.

Early April, 1945. The Russians were getting closer to Berlin. A battery of Soviet 122-mm howitzers (model 1938 M-30) firing on Berlin. In April 1945

 A dead Volkssturm volunteer lies dead on the street of Berlin.

 A Russian officer checks the documents of captured German soldiers. Berlin. April 1945.

 Nazi Germany was fighting with boys in the last days. This boy was given the Iron Cross.
 Perhaps the last photograph of Hitler. Seen with his officers days before he died. 


This German woman killed herself. Berlin April 1945. Was it the fear and anticipation? Or had she suffered and could not take it anymore?

 Destroyed German tanks on the outskirts of Berlin

 A huge Russian 152 mm ML-20 gun batters Berlin

 The Russians hammered Berlin with this B-4 heavy artillery

Russians cleaning up building-by-building in Berlin of German resistance

 These kids from Hitler Youth were sent to defend Berlin in the last stages!

 One of the last images taken of Hitler. He gloomily inspects the damage to the Fuhrerbunker from the Russian artillery with Chief GruppenFuhrer Schaub, who was his companion from early days

 A Russian soldier pulls out a German from a manhole

 A Russian peers cautiously around the bridge on River Spree. May 1, 2011. A fellow soldier lies dead nearby.

 Top German generals who stayed alive and surrendered

 A dead German soldier lies amongst the graveyard of German military vehicles

 German POW, broken men, and civilians get medical attention in the open near Brandenberg gate. April 1945, Berlin.

 German people watch helplessly as Soviet T-24-76 tanks trundle on the streets of Berlin

 A German couple walk past a ACS Stug in Berlin.

Sweet revenge. Polish soldiers in Berlin. 

 A Russian 120mm gun batter Berlin. April 1945

 Russians flush out the Subway of the last Germans resisting. April 26, 1945. Frankfurter Allee 113 station.

 Russians rush past a dead German. April 1945. Berlin

 Soviet troops rush the German Reichstag. End April, 1945

 A Russian SU 76 Self-propelled gun fires in a Berlin street fight. April 1945

Column of Soviet ISU-122 self-propelled guns on the streets of Berlin. In May 1945.

 A Russian soldier, tired from the fighting, snatches some sleep. Beside him is a dead German soldier. April 1945. Berlin

 May 2, 1945. Russians on the streets of a broken Berlin

 After the fighting. A shattered Reichstag. In the foreground, is a German Flak 18 88 mm gun

 May 2, 1945. A building burns in Berlin

 German POW

More German POW

 Taken prisoner, chief of medical service in Berlin, Major-General Carl Emil Wrobel. May 2, 1945

Dead German soldier near the Brandenburg Gate

Column of German POW on the street of Berlin

An ACS Jagdpanther 4 on the Glienicker Bruecke

A Stug near the Ludwig Kirch Platz

 A broken 88 mm gun at Potsdamer Platz

 Broken German military vehicles at Unter den Linden

 A broken Luftwaffe plane at Berlin's Wunstorf Airport

A Panther near the Dankeskirche

 The war was over. German POW walk silently on the street of Berlin. May 2, 1945

 A Russian tank is parked near the Brandenburg Gate. Also seen is American photographer Robert Carmen. May 2, 1945
 Russians enjoy a boat ride past a broken city

 Russian soldiers take a tram ride in Berlin
 Russians bury their dead comrades

Horses pull a heavy Russian gun as the Reichstag appears ghostly


  1. You should be more careful with your captions: some are incorrect.

    1. Yes that's true need to
      Fact find frist

  2. Amazing pictures. Thanks for making them available. Shock and horror. Some history books overflow with personal judgements by "historians" of what supposedly really happened, but what they lack is pictures (usually have too few) and are nothing but a keyhole view by an ill-informed biased observer at the enormity of the complicated reality.



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Points To Ponder


It is difficult to distinguish between the quality of both the German and Russian soldiers. Both were motivated by their love for their motherland. But there were others factors that drove the two sides to such desperate fighting.

One, both sides knew that this was a no-holds bar war. Not fighting was thus not an option.

Second, both Hitler and Stalin had squads that killed any deserter. Turning away from fighting was just not possible.

Thus was seen some of the most bitter, brutal and desperate fighting on the WW2 eastern (Russian) Front.
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana


"Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue.'
--Mao Zedong

Your Comments

Senior Observer said...

The reason the German soldier did not rape and loot as the other armies did. Including the US. (I was there) was the discipline. Half the troops or at least a great number of troops on my train to the front were AWOL's or deserters. That would not have happened in the German military. You left your post you were shot. Simple as that. Germans knew that so deserting was not an option. But the ordinary soldier knew that also applied to the officers. You did your duty or else.Remember Rommel? Hitler didn't care. Just follow orders. The respect for the officer by the ordinary soldier was good. I didn't have much respect for our officers. For months after the war we were still drinking instant coffee and instant milk. The general was living it up in London I suppose because I never saw him afterwards even though I was in 3rd DIVARTY Have a nice day


Great Comments

"The photos are nice, but I hate the way the nazis are portrayed. They are portrayed as always evil. Think about it. What do you think would happen when a country loses WWI? When they enter a depression and are stolen from by gypsies and jews?! Also, the Russians were just as brutal if not worse. They ran the gulags! They murdered men, women, and children who opposed communism. Stalin's regime killed 65MILLION people in it's lifetime. Hitler killed 21MILLION. Take your pick, you politically correct WUSS!"

Anonymous on Nazi Germany: A Pictorial History

"ever heard of the saying two wrongs don't make a right. yes they lost ww1, but they started it so they got their just deserts. and hitler was pure evil,theres no doubt he was a great leader and orator that took advantage of a country in despair. he stood by people that were simular to him and used them to 'persuade' others in high places to flock to his banner. once in power it was easy to unite a nation with his speaches that germeny could rule the world at ANY cost, the hatetred between germany and russia was legendry with both country's sinking to new levels of for russia killing millions of their own under stalin, yes, that was an atocity in itself but it was an internal matter in russia. nothing to do with the west. germany treated the russians as less than human in fact, less than the jews and the feelings were neutral. the battle of stalingrad were tesamony to that. so picking someone to like because they killed 21m instead of 65m is just sick and shows what sort of person you really are. i will say though that although these pictures are interesting, dont belive everything that they show. the picture at the top seems to show two peasants being shot, both are women so we asume that they are inocents. not so, women fought along side their men with amazing efect. rusian women were excellent marksmen and made effective snipers and machine gunners. not behind them a machingun nest. its more likely that the machingun nest was overun and they are being shot for shooting german soldiers. that being said, it saddens me to say that many of the pictures do depict atrocities that the devil himself would be ashamed of.having never been in a war, i can't imagine what humans would go through under such horrific conditions. knowing death was just around the corner probly turned the most mild mannered men and women into monsters. im not going to justify there actions or condone them but to understand what they went through. i hope for all our sakes we never have to go through anything like it again. but i think we will."
Anonymous on Nazi Germany: A Pictorial History


"The main thing is to make history, not to write it."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite."
--Winston Churchill


"In time of war the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers."
--August Bebel

"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best."

Great Comments....

I think it's important to remember that the German army at this time was one of the most disciplined fighting forces in the world. It's the reason Hitler made them swear an oath on his rise to Fuhrer; he knew they wouldn't break it.

That unflinching devotion to service and country would be their undoing, eventually - there were many suicides in combat. German soldiers who just couldn't deal with the brutality anymore - and the crime. Even leadership attempted to murder Hitler several times.

The Nazis were Germans, but the Germans weren't Nazis. Not all German soldiers were so criminally cruel. Most criminal cruelty was perpetrated not by the German Army, but by the Nazis and their divisions (SS, Gestapo, etc)
(Brutality Of Germans In Russia)
-- By Anonymous

Quotes about War....

"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war."
---Otto von Bismarck


"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
--Hermann Goering


"To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy."
--Tzu Sun

"All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?"
--Emperor Hirohito