The Last Stand: The Battle of the Reichstag, Berlin 1945

Reichstag building in the centre of the Government Quarter

By late April 1945 Soviet troops, having advanced thousands of miles from the gates of Moscow, had surrounded Berlin and were poised to finally capture the German capital. Targetted by the Soviets was the famous Reichstag building in the centre of the Government quarter.

This video examines those final days and the bitter fighting for that iconic location, which ultimately led to the end of WW2 in Europe.

Written Sources:

• J. Alexander (2020), Fall of the Reichstag Script for BGVT
• T. Le Tisser, Race for the Reichstag
• T. Le Tissier, The Battle of Berlin 1945
• T. Le Tissier, Soviet Conquest, Berlin 1945
• M. Hastings, Armageddon, the Battle for Germany 1944-45
• A. Beevor, Berlin, The Downfall 1945

Video/Audio Sources:

• 16 Days in Berlin (RealTime History)
• J. Alexander, Berlin Virtual Tour (BGVT)
• G. Debski, Interview (
• ClearBreeze Consulting (Berlin 3D model videos)
• Der Untergang ‘Downfall’ (2004)

General archive Sources:

• Critical Past Film Archive (CPFA)
• Google Earth (Web & Pro Versions)
• Imperial War Museum Sound Archive (IWMSA)
• Bundesarchiv (German National Archives)
• US National Archives (NARA)
• National Archives NextGen Catalog
• Maptiler Pro (Desktop Version)
• Memory Map Trench Maps

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Research: Jesse Alexander & Dan Hill
Script & Narration: Dan Hill
Editors: Shane Greer & Linus Klassen
Sound Design: Shane Greer
Thumbnail Design: Shane Greer
3D Modelling: Clearbreeze Consulting
Music & Sound Effects: Epidemic Sounds
Credit to : Battle Guide