46 thoughts on “Russian Army in Berlin, Germany”

  1. They do dream of this, some at least (George Bush, Darth Cheney)dream of conquest and “nation building”, spreading “democracy” yadda yadda.

    • Radical muslims dream this, in Europe. Luckily they don’t have enough men and arm power yet. But when time goes by we will see this happening again. The next great war in Europe will be between ugly beard muslims and whities.

      • Russia recently supplied Iran with nuclear material [for their nuclear power plants, of course – LOL], so we’re on our way to total destruction…

    • … and what do Iraninan leaders dream about? … and what did Sadam dream about? … and what does Hamas & Hezbullah leaders dream about? … and what does Putin dream about? … and what does O Bin Laden dream about? … and what does Kim jung Il dream about? Hummmmmmmmmmm!

  2. Note the white strips on the barrel of the 88-mm FlaK cannon on the third photo – this is how German crews marked the number of enemy tanks knocked out by the gun.
    The makeshift defense point on the twelfth picture is made out of the turret of “Panther” tank. I read somewhere that similar points were built by Soviets in Staligrad, too.
    The in-flight photo of the famous Il-2 shows the poor protection of rear gunners very nicely. Their losses were 7 times (!) higher than those of the pilots.

    • It’s “girl-friend” because “machine” is “she” in Russian, like “ship” in English. I’d translate it more neutrally, like “Battle friend”.

    • I thank you for that translation. I am a scale modeler and knowing what the slogans painted on the sides of Russian tanks mean gives the model a little back story. Now when I model one of these, I can replicate it 😉

  3. Very sad.
    But a damn good reminder NOT to be drunk on one’s power.
    But history has a nasty trick of repeating itself.

    If gun power could be sooo bad, what about uranium.

  4. Some guys have no guns, and others have. Like in picture six. That is courage, if you can call it. I could say that it is madness.

  5. Amazing pictures. Clearly taken in the heat of battle, the Russian soldiers running through the streets as they take more ground. It must have been terrifying, but how satisfying to have been the victor at the end. Not a job I would ever want to do.

  6. Photo 15 is an excellent example of teamwork in battle, as exhibited by this counter-sniper team. Notice how the “spotter” has crawled on his back out in the open to act as bait and draw the fire of enemy sniper. Then, once he sees the “signature” of the enemy sniper’s shot, he quickly points up toward the sniper’s location so that his comrade can take a shot.

    Unfortunately, his comrade has been distracted by something on the far bridge, and will require his friend to act as bait for a little while longer.

  7. Sorry but picture 15 seems to be a dead guy with full rigomortis, not bait. if you notice he is not pointing his hand is clinched.

    • A hand may be clenched but still have one finger pointing out, as was the case here before the enemy sniper shot it off.

      Don’t make me show off my knowledge of body language and battlefield interpretation.

  8. It’s interesting to see that so many russian soldiers lost their lives to fight the Nazis — and today russians are so fonded with racism and hatred. Some even talk about “slavic pure blood”.

    I think these guys died in vain.

    • “I think these guys died in vain”

      I don’t think so–not when you consider that they were invaded and occupied deep into their homeland, with so many people killed along the way and nothing to look forward to but slavery and death at the hands of the Nazis. Plus, if they would not have fought, the Western front may have never been launched beyond the English Channel, and many countries around the Med would still have swastikas flying from their flagpoles. The biggest embassy in the USA would be the German embassy, and Latin America and Africa would be much less populated because of German immigration and implementation of Nazi policies concerning race.

      • They died.
        Because Stalin, teaming up with Hitler at first refused to believe that his ‘friend’ all of a sudden decided to turn against him. So he didn’t act at all at first, and was completely unprepared.
        Hitler murdered countless citizens and soldiers in Soviet Russia before Stalin struck back. These people died because of the megalomania of one man in particular: Stalin.

        May he rot in hell.

        Putin has been declaring that Stalin was a great leader ‘who had his flaws’ : bad taste at best. For politicians citizens are just pawns. In Russia the people are not served and represented by the government: people are representing the government. Or else..

        Just like in Stalin’s times: if you, as a soldier did not march forward the ‘kommissars’ would shoot you in the back or have you executed.

  9. Which reminds me– good thing the Czar wasn’t in power anymore, the Red Army was far superior to the old Imperial Army. Of course who knows how they might have updated the army under the Czar if he’d stayed in power.

    Where’s the famous photo of the Red Army hoisting the Soviet flag over the Reichstag?

  10. good for Russia to be free & u r free … but if it was still the USSR … u’d be living differently, NO? So who won the Cold War, so u could be free? The West? Hummmmmmmmmmmmmm?

  11. I was born in Hamburg shortly after the war and can still vividly remember the bombed out buildings and the damage to the roads. My father was posted to Berlin when I was about 3 and it was even worse there despite Hamburg having suffered the “Fire Storm” bombing in July ’43

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  13. My German family lived there at this time and the French part in Paris. My German family never wanted something like what happened from the 30s to the end of WW2.
    My parents met and married in Paris and moved to Switzerland.
    I received the hate of war from my families.
    What a horrible times

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  16. The RED ARMY really did a good job destroying the German Army in Berlin.

    Great pictures, Thanks for sharing.

    John from Florida

  17. The photos are an excellent record of those desporate time and days. For all sides sufferd the penality of war,{death} and loss of a generation of young men and woman for the pleasure of our respective leadership. For they used our inventions and machines to further their non-sense.

    As a war born child, my safety was to live in Dänemark as the only grandchild. Our military was our protector for until end of war time, then our protector was exchanged for the Englanderen military. They were very strict but in their manner, quite very kind. In this area of Dänmark, we spoke Niedersachsen, in this manner the militarz of England knew not I was German national, other wise íf known, I would have been turned over to the prison camps of Americans. Of them, we were not so sure, for we recived some verz bad stories of shooting of people for revenge.

    Karl

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