Reichstag in July 1945

Berlin 1945

The Battle for the Reichstag in May 1945 became a symbolic period of the final phase of the Battle of Berlin. Russian troops assaulted it and raised flags from the roof, and during the fighting the building was badly damaged. When the British moved into Berlin in July 1945 the Reichstag was in their sector, although the rear of the building pressed up against the Russian sector and part of the Berlin Wall would eventually run here.

This image was taken in July 1945 by the same soldier of the Desert Rats who took the photographs in recent posts. It clearly shows the massive damage to the superstructure of the building and the wasteland of battlefield detritus that surrounded it. It is amazing the building survived at all when you consider it pretty much stayed in this state for decades to come, and it is useful to compare this image to the one I took of the Reichstag in February 2011.

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~ by sommecourt on 21/11/2011.

One Response to “Reichstag in July 1945”

  1. Fascinating. I appreciate the article.

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