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Battle of Berlin 08 May 1945

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The Battle of Berlin, designated the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation by the Soviet Union, was the final major offensive of the European theatre of World War II.

When the Soviet offensive resumed on 16 April, two Soviet fronts (army groups) attacked Berlin from the east and south, while a third overran German forces positioned north of Berlin. Before the main battle in Berlin commenced, the Red Army encircled the city after successful battles of the Seelow Heights and Halbe. On 20 April 1945, the 1st Belorussian Front led by Marshal Georgy Zhukov started shelling Berlin's city centre, while Marshal Ivan Konev's 1st Ukrainian Front had pushed from the south through the last formations of Army Group Centre. Concurrently, Hitler called for the activation of Operation Clausewitz on the same date. Defenses in Berlin's city center were mainly led by General Helmuth Weidling. These units consisted of several depleted and disorganized Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS divisions, along with poorly trained Volkssturm and Hitler Youth members. Within the next few days, the Red Army reached the city centre where close-quarters combat raged.

Before the battle was over, German Führer Adolf Hitler and many other major officials of the Nazi regime committed suicide. The city's garrison surrendered on 2 May, but fighting continued to the north-west, west, and south-west of the city until the end of the war in Europe on 8 May (9 May in the Soviet Union) as German units fought westward so that they could surrender to the Western Allies rather than to the Soviets.
 

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The Battle of Berlin, designated the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation by the Soviet Union, was the final major offensive of the European theatre of World War II.

When the Soviet offensive resumed on 16 April, two Soviet fronts (army groups) attacked Berlin from the east and south, while a third overran German forces positioned north of Berlin. Before the main battle in Berlin commenced, the Red Army encircled the city after successful battles of the Seelow Heights and Halbe. On 20 April 1945, the 1st Belorussian Front led by Marshal Georgy Zhukov started shelling Berlin's city centre, while Marshal Ivan Konev's 1st Ukrainian Front had pushed from the south through the last formations of Army Group Centre. Concurrently, Hitler called for the activation of Operation Clausewitz on the same date. Defenses in Berlin's city center were mainly led by General Helmuth Weidling. These units consisted of several depleted and disorganized Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS divisions, along with poorly trained Volkssturm and Hitler Youth members. Within the next few days, the Red Army reached the city centre where close-quarters combat raged.

Before the battle was over, German Führer Adolf Hitler and many other major officials of the Nazi regime committed suicide. The city's garrison surrendered on 2 May, but fighting continued to the north-west, west, and south-west of the city until the end of the war in Europe on 8 May (9 May in the Soviet Union) as German units fought westward so that they could surrender to the Western Allies rather than to the Soviets.

One of the most intense battles ever fought in the history of mankind. Heroes on both sides. Sadly what happened after to the civilian population was horrible, mass rape of women and girls, beatings, executions etc.
 

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Sadly what happened after to the civilian population was horrible, mass rape of women and girls, beatings, executions etc.

It's nothing in comparison to what anglophile Hitler did in Poland or Soviet Union and it's nothing in comparison to English death camps in Africa in 1950s (supervised by Elizabeth Windsor) or what England did in Bengal in 1940s.

"England and Germany have a common position... Here we still have much to
leam."
"I admire the English people: In colonizing, it has achieved the immeasurable."
"Russia's space is our India, and, as the Englishman rules with a handful of forces,
so we shall rule this our colonial space..."
"Germany used to motivate her claims to colonies with... her desire to spread
German culture... It was nonsense: It would never have occurred to an Englishman to
motivate colonies... otherwise than with the very realistic and sober advantages which
they... bring... That... natives might have felt better with us than they did under the
English would... be far from speaking for our kind of colonisation policy but surely for
that of the English instead..." Adolf Hitler

".. .One of the Nazis' fundamental objectives was... to emulate the 'ruthlessness' of
the British Empire in dealing with Eastern Europe": "One is bound to recall Hitler's
remarks about India or North America as exemplars for future German rule in Russia...
and his general admiration for... Britain's essential 'ruthlessness'... In 1931 young
Germans [were to] study Anglo-Saxon history to overcome their moral scruples.... The
Nazi leaders were not in any way discountenanced by Britain's imperial record. They
were hoping to equal it.
" And, to achieve this goal, "maintaining the differencebetween
the master race and subject races seemed to [Hider] to be at the heart of the British
imperial ethos and the secret of its success... Here, surely, is the nexus between race
and empire which came to dominate Hitler's thinking..... his striking insistence that the
Third Reich should copy in Russia British rule in India". Gerwin Strobl
Lecturer, Cardiff University

Look at your nazi Elizabeth Windsor "queen"
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And look at your nazi English Windsor "prince":
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