The Battle of Berlin is the seventh and final Battle in the Soviet campaign.


Towards the end of the war in the European theatre, the fall of Germany seemed inevitable, with US and Soviet forces racing each other to get first to the capital of the enemy, Berlin. But the Germans were far from beaten yet. The heart of German military and political power, the city stood its last stand between April and May 1945 against a Soviet offensive that moved in from the East, North, and South simultaneously. By 30 April, fighting moved over Spree River and into the vicinity of the Reichstag, the former German Imperial government building. Though actually in disuse since 1933, it served as a symbol that the Russians intended to bring down. Fierce, room-to-room fighting took place there, as German defenders occupied the burned out building and fortified it for the siege. Finally, on 2 May, the Red Army raised the Soviet flag over the top of the Reichstag, which many see as the end of the European war, even though fighting continued until the German capitulation on 8 May.