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

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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


"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."

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