Battle of Berlin

The Great Patriotic War: Germany at Bay

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Battle of Berlin

World War II: The Eastern Front from Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin (2 May 1945)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

In April, the Soviets surrounded and attacked Berlin. On the 30th, Adolf Hitler committed suicide and by May 2, resistance had been crushed. At the same time, the Western and Eastern Fronts met up on the Elbe. A few days later, the remaining German forces surrendered.

At the cost of perhaps 40 million dead, over half of them Soviet, the Second World War in Europe was over.

Main Events

Soviet Union denounces Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact of 1941

Battle of Berlin

Soviets capture Berlin

American and Soviet forces link up at Torgau on the Elbe

Death of Hitler

German leader Adolf Hitler shoots himself in his bunker in Berlin

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