Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WWIIOnline Join group to discuss with all members on topics of World War II: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWIIOnline 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.
A powerful and evocative film documenting the battle for Berlin in 1945. With some excellent original footage and testimonies, this film will be very useful for students of the period. The picture quality is a little grainy at first due to the digitisation from an old VHS tape, but it's still good viewing. Uploaded for educational purposes only. Any advertising that appears is beyond my control. All videos on this channel are unmonetised.
Filmed in color on a grand scale, Fall of Berlin re-creates the final days of war in Europe from the Soviet point of view. (1949 - Soviet Union)
The Battle of Berlin. Death of a City.
Please help us to document this footage showing how the Allies occupied the city in 1945. Subscribe to chronoshistory: http://goo.gl/IVGjVB 0:00 Driving on the German Autobahn in direction to Berlin 0:50 Entering the US Berlin District 1:00 Picture of Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill 1:15 Soviet soldiers marching, probably on Straße des 17. Juni in direction of the Siegessäule 2:40 German refugees pulling carriage 2:56 Trümmerfrauen "rubble women" at work 3:25 destroyed Berliner Dom (Cathedral) 4:15 US military visiting the Neue Reichskanzlei 5:40 Berliner S-Bahn 5:56 Olympia Stadion (olympic stadion) 6:59 Olympic swimming pool 8:11 American Beach Club / Amerikanisches Strandbad 8:52 Trümmerfrauen "rubble women" at work 9:34 Galopprennbahn Hoppegarten 13:37 US military playing golf Find more impressive videos in our playlist "Spirit of Liberation": https://goo.gl/Gzeto2 Subscribe to chronoshistory: http://goo.gl/IVGjVB Footage in original color and HD before restoring for the documentary “Spirit of Liberation" (Kronos Media, 2016) Watch here the new restored pictures in our film trailer: https://goo.gl/CU0hUP
That's how it looked like just after the German surrender! Fascinating moving pictures in color show the situation of the city in summer 1945 and daily life in the ruins. ----- Watch here the preview of the brandnew documentary "Spirit of liberation", restored original color and High Definition: https://goo.gl/Ae1ouI Suscribe at: https://goo.gl/Ppmmk2 ----- Pictures from the destroyed city, the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Adlon, Führerbunker, Unter den Linden, rubble women working in the streets, the tram is running again. A collage of archive material produced by: Kronos Media
The furious, climactic battle of Hitler's war. Over a million lives were lost as the Red Army finally crushed the last Nazi citadel.
German general Weidling proclaiming the end of the battle for Berlin, followed by celebration and anthem of the Soviet Union. From the 2008 German film "A Woman in Berlin"