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Battle of Berlin

A soldier raising the Soviet flag atop Reichstag

The Battle of Berlin was the last major battle of the Eastern Front.


The Wehrmacht, with about 12,000 soldiers, the Hitler Youth, and about 40,000 civilian "Volkssturm" soldiers, who consisted of children ten to sixteen years old and old men, defended Berlin for four weeks against approximately 3,500,000 Soviet soldiers. It was debated as to who was going to be the ones to lead the battle of Berlin. It was originally a "race" to Berlin between the Western allies and the Soviets although eventually the Soviets would be granted the invasion, as Berlin was to be in the designated soviet controlled zone after the war ended. The battle started on April 14, 1945, and ended May 2, 1945.

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