Berlin - Russian War Memorial et al

Discussion in 'WW2 Battlefields Today' started by Steve Mac, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    I was in Berlin recently and took these photographs (last Saturday in fact). I felt sure these would already be posted on the forum, but there are so many corrupted threads where the photo links are no longer accessible I thought it worthwhile posting these up anyway.

    I was staying at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, which is situated on the Unter den Linden next to the Brandenburgh Gates and from where I took the first photograph.

    You can see trees through/beyond the Brandenburg Gates and they are the start of the Berlin Tiergarten (from this direction anyway). The Reichstag is over to the right; second photograph.

    In the Tiergarten is a Burial and Memorial Site to more than 2,000 Russian soldiers who were killed in April/May 1945 during the Battle of Berlin. Remainder of photographs.

    Whilst I was there the RAF did their best to spoil the festivities, as a British 1,100LB bomb was unearthed: Berlin WW2 bomb defused after evacuation The picture in the link is of the main Railway Station in Berlin, which by coincidence I visited the following day.

    Another coincidence is that, on 1 February I flew out of London City Airport on a flight to Frankfurt, only to find out a few days later that a German 1,100LB bomb had been found in the water to one side of the runway (on 12 February): Airport shut as WW2 bomb found in Thames

    As Kenneth Williams said in Carry on Cleo; “Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in-for-me!”

    Enjoy the photographs...



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  2. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Hi Steve

    If you ever visit Berlin again a trip to the soviet war cemetery at Treptow Park is a must. A very sombre atmosphere.

    Also the museum of Russian forces in Europe at Karlshorst has the building where the German surrender was signed.

    I served in Berlin 87-91 and was really lucky to witness the wall come down in 1989.

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  3. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello Gus,

    My adventures in Berlin were cut short, as my wife had a health wobble just after I took those photographs.

    We’ve agreed that we will go back to Berlin, as not only have we got unfinished rambles to do but we really did like the place/people. I will take a look at the two venues you mention, but would likely be more interested in anything British... My wife also visited Potsdam the day before those pictures were taken (I was working) and I’d like to visit there too.

    Thanks for posting...


  4. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    Here are some other suggestions :-

    Stasi HQ as featured in Deutchland 83. This is a very interesting museum and far superior to the DDR museum in the centre of town.

    The remaining Flak Turm - and bunker museum in Humbolthain

    If you are up to it hire some cycles!

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