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May 8, 1945 – May 8, 2014

Posted on the 09 May 2014 by Calvinthedog

Warning: NSFW! Contains gruesome and disturbing footage from the final days of WW2.

On May 8, 1945, the Soviet flag was hoisted above the burning city of Berlin. The war with Germany was over.

One of the most famous photos of WW2. Simply breathtaking. Of course, here in the US, we scarcely know of it as the similar Iwo Jima photo has supplanted it.

One of the most famous photos of WW2. Simply breathtaking. Of course, here in the US, we scarcely know of it as the similar Iwo Jima photo has supplanted it.

But not long before, one of the worst battles of the 20th Century was in full swing.

Incredible photo. Soviet soldiers race down a Berlin street in flames.

Incredible photo. Soviet soldiers, apparently under fire, race down a Berlin street in flames.

And soon after:

Truly amazing photo, purportedly of a dead Hitler. This photo was found many times in recently opened Soviet archives, suggesting it was Soviet propaganda and may not even be real.

Truly amazing photo, purportedly of a dead Hitler. This photo was found many times in recently opened Soviet archives, suggesting it was Soviet propaganda and may not even be real.

Surreal scenes:

A German couple strolls past a burning building. Bizarre scenes like this were common at this time and place.

A German couple strolls past a burning building. Bizarre scenes like this were common at this time and place.

The wounded and the dead of the vanquished.

The wounded:

Vast throngs of wounded German soldiers crowd the streets as nurses attend to them.

Vast throngs of wounded German soldiers crowd the streets as nurses attend to them.

And the dead:

There were many suicides in the period right after the fall. Many of them were German women. They were terrified of the soldiers and the possibility that they might be homeless for the first time in their lives.

There were many German suicides in the period right after the fall. Many of them were German women. They were terrified of the soldiers and the possibility that they might be homeless for the first time in their lives.


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