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Happy Birthday, Adolf. Love, Stalin. Artillery from the Soviets begins to fall on Berlin today in WW2 history, 4/20/45. Hitler had a brief 56th birthday celebration and was then urged by his generals to head south. Refusing, he instead set up a northern command under Dönitz and a southern command under Kesselring. Hitler would be dead in 10 days.

Head of the River rescue control of the Soviet Navy, Rear Admiral Photios I. Krylov diver awards the Order for the implementation of demining of the river Spree. Berlin. Third Reich. May 1945.

From Mongolia with love: Red Army soldier from the farthest steppes of the Soviet Union poses triumphant in the devastated streets of Berlin, May 1945.

The crews of two Soviet Br-5 heavy mortars (280-mm) prepare to open fire somewhere on the Eastern Front. This was the heaviest Soviet field piece. The Br-5 was one of the most crucial weapons during the Battle of Berlin. Its 168-kg HE shell would create 10-meter wide craters upon impact, with a zone of devastation out to 100 m.The weapon had low rate of fire due to barrel overheating.