Soviet Union Red Army holding their national flag with the captured Berlin under Soviet control. Who



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Battle of Berlin

April 16 – May 2 1945

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Soviet Union Red Army holding their national flag with the captured Berlin under Soviet control.

Who: Soviet Union Red Army of 2,500,000 men and Germany army of 766,750 men

What: As the Soviet Union Red Army was moving close to Germany, across Poland, Marshal Georgy Zhukov decided attack the capital city of Germany, Berlin. The Soviets assaulted major battle points in Berlin and encircled the city; preventing Germans from escaping. Once they were inside, the Soviets attacked major Nazis organizations such as the Interior Ministry and Gestapo headquarters. Hitler and his subordinates committed suicide and the battle came to an end with the surrender from the remaining German forces.

When: April 16, 1945 to May 2, 1945

Why: Berlin was the capital city of Germany, a country that had started World War II, and the Allies wanted to capture this major city in order to bring the war to an end. Germany was the only country that opposed the Allies after Italy switched side. The Soviet Union, part of the Allies, had to capture Berlin in order to bring the war to a final end in Europe.

Significance: The Battle of Berlin is a key battle in World War II because it led to an unconditional surrender from Germany since Germany had lost it leader and a majority of it military force. After this decisive battle, the war was favoring the Allies as victors.


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