The Battle of Berlin
Hitler and Nazi's are destroyed
Leader: Adolf Hitler and Germany
Location: Berlin, Germany
Result: Decisive Soviet Victory
Territorial Changes: Destruction of Nazi
End Date: May 2,1945
Extra #1: Soviet forces sustained 20,000–25,000 dead in the city and 81,116 for the entire operation
Extra #2: Before the battle was over, German dictator Adolf Hitler and many of his followers committed suicide
15 facts about The Battle of Berlin
1. Was known to the Soviets as the "Berlin Offensive Operation"
2. Two massive Soviet army groups attacked Berlin from the east and south, while a third overran German forces positioned north of Berlin
3. The battle of Berlin lasted from late April 1945 until early May and was one of the bloodiest battles in history.
4. Before the battle was over, German dictator Adolf Hitler and many of his followers committed suicide
5. The city's defenders surrendered on May 2 1945.
6. On 20 April, Hitler's birthday, Soviet artillery of 1st Belorussian Front began to shell the centre of Berlin and did not stop until the city surrendered
7. After the war the Soviets claimed that the weight of explosives delivered by their artillery during the battle was greater than the tonnage dropped by the Western Allied bombers on the city
8. Many of the 40,000 elderly men of the Volkssturm had been in the army as young men and some were veterans of World War I
9. Soviet forces sustained 20,000–25,000 dead in the city and 81,116 for the entire operation
10. Initial Soviet estimates based on kill claims placed German losses at 458,080 killed and 479,298 captured. The number of civilian casualties is unknown.
11. many areas of the city, vengeful Soviet troops looted, raped an estimated 100,000 women and murdered civilians for several weeks
12. The Soviets went house to house and rounded up anyone in a uniform including firemen and railway-men and marched them all eastward as prisoners of war
13. The three Soviet Fronts had altogether 2.5 million men (including 78,556 soldiers of the 1st Polish Army), 6,250 tanks, 7,500 aircraft, 41,600 artillery pieces and mortars, 3,255 truck-mounted Katyusha rocket launchers, and 95,383 motor vehicles, many manufactured in the USA.
14. On April 12, Hitler heard the news that the American President Franklin D. Roosevelt had died. This briefly raised false hopes in the Führerbunker that there might yet be a falling out among the Allies, and that Berlin would be saved at the last moment as had happened once before when Berlin was threatened.
15. After Hitler and Braun committed suicide. Their bodies were cremated not far from their bunkers. In accordance to Hitler's last will and testament, Admiral Karl Dönitz became the "President of Germany" and Joseph Goebbels became the new Chancellor of Germany