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15 Feb 1844

Germany
4 Oct 1881

Germany
9 Jun 1884

Germany
29 Jun 1884

Germany
28 May 1885

Germany
8 Nov 1889

Germany
21 Mar 1893

Germany
11 Mar 1907

Germany
  • Heinz Brandt was born in Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Heinz Brandt | Berlin | CPC]
2 Dec 1912

Germany
  • German chancellor Theobold von Bethmann Hollweg announced in the Reichstag that, if Austria-Hungary was attacked by a third power while pursuing its interests, Germany would support Austria-Hungary and fight to maintain its own position in Europe. ww2dbase [Reichstag Building and Kroll Opera House | Berlin | AC]
29 Jul 1915

Germany
9 Nov 1918

Germany
  • Communist revolutionary Karl Liebknecht, a forty-seven-year-old lawyer and one time member of the German Reichstag, and Rosa Luxemburg, an intellectual theorist raised the Red Flag over the Imperial Palace in Berlin, Germany and proclaimed the establishment of the Spartakusbund (Spartakus Gruppe) to oppose Ebert's new Socialist government. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
9 Jan 1919

Germany
  • Serious incidents of fighting occurred in the streets of Berlin, Germany, between the Freikorps and the Leibknecht's Spartacists. The forces of the left were defeated. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
13 Dec 1919

Germany
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille was born at Berliner Stra├če 164, Berlin, Germany at 2345 hours. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Berlin | CPC]
18 Mar 1920

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler departed Berlin, Germany after a planned coup failed to start. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
5 Nov 1922

Germany
  • The Treaty of Rapallo was formally signed between Germany and the Soviet Union in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Treaty of Rapallo | Berlin | CPC]
1 Nov 1926

Germany
  • Joseph Goebbels was appointed the Nazi Party Gauleiter of Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Joseph Goebbels | Berlin | AC]
3 Oct 1929

Germany
  • German Foreign Minister Gustav Stresemann passed away from a stroke in Berlin, Germany. The strongest figure in the Weimar government, Stresemann had negotiated the reduction in reparations and the treaty of Locarno, as well as getting Germany a seat in the League of Nations. In 1926 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As Foreign Minister he believed that Germany was destined eventually to dominate Europe, but meanwhile should remain conciliatory with the British, French and Americans. His death left the Weimar government considerably weakened. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
1 Aug 1930

Photo(s) dated 1 Aug 1930
Prince Nobuhito with his wife during an unofficial visit to Berlin, Germany, 1 Aug 1930; photo taken at the Hotel Adlon
31 Jan 1931

Germany
  • Hellmuth Felmy's son, future actor Hansj├Ârg Felmy, was born in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Hellmuth Felmy | Berlin | CPC]
1 Apr 1931

Germany
  • A SA rebellion led by Walther Stenners briefly overturned the National Socialist leadership in Berlin, Germany, only to be swept aside by an emotional appeal by Hitler for the need for party loyalty. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
9 Feb 1932

Germany
4 Apr 1932

Photo(s) dated 4 Apr 1932
Adolf Hitler speaking at the Berliner Schloss at Lustgarten during the German Presidental Election of 1932, Berlin, Germany, 4 Apr 1932; note Goebbels next to Hitler
8 May 1932

Germany
18 May 1932

Germany
24 May 1932

Germany
  • The Do X aircraft arrived in Berlin, Germany, welcomed by 200,000 people. ww2dbase [Do X | Berlin | CPC]
27 Jul 1932

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler spoke to three separate large crowds in the Berlin-Potsdam area in Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
4 Aug 1932

Germany
11 Aug 1932

Photo(s) dated 11 Aug 1932
Reichstag building, constitution celebration, Berlin, Germany, 11 Aug 1932
25 Aug 1932

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels traveled from Berlin to Berchtesgaden in M├╝nchen-Oberbayern, Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
26 Aug 1932

Germany
30 Aug 1932

Germany
12 Sep 1932

Germany
  • A new session of the German Reichstag began with Hermann G├Âring as its president. German Chancellor Franz von Papen attempted to issue the order to dissolve the Reichstag, but G├Âring pretended to not see him, and instead conducted a vote that effectively made Papen's order to dissolve the Reichstag useless. ww2dbase [Reichstag Building and Kroll Opera House | Hermann G├Âring | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Sep 1932
Chancellor Papen entering the Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, 12 Sep 1932
29 Jan 1933

Germany
  • The SA organization of the Nazi Party was mobilized in Berlin, Germany to guard against what turned out to be a false rumor of a coup d'├ętat against Adolf Hitler's attempt to become the German Chancellor. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
30 Jan 1933

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler was named the Chancellor of Germany; three of the eleven cabinet posts were given to Nazi Party members. President Paul von Hindenburg required Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen to accompany Hitler for all meetings between the President and the Chancellor, thinking that would be sufficient to prevent Hitler from committing any drastic changes. As soon as 1700 hours on the very same day, Hitler made his first bid for greater power by demanding a re-election of the Reichstag, a motion which was defeated at this time. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
2 Feb 1933

Germany
  • In Berlin, Germany, Adolf Hitler met with top military leaders, ensuring that he would cooperate with the military, easing their fears that the Nazi SA organization would one day overtake the traditional military. On the same day, he attended the premiere of the film "Dawn" which was set in a doomed German submarine and was about sacrifice in war. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | AC]
27 Feb 1933

Germany Photo(s) dated 27 Feb 1933
The Reichstag building on fire, Berlin, Germany, 27 Feb 1933
28 Feb 1933

Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1933
The Reichstag building in the morning after the fire, Berlin, Germany, 28 Feb 1933
23 Mar 1933

Photo(s) dated 23 Mar 1933
Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag about the Enabling Act, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 23 Mar 1933
5 Apr 1933

Germany
  • A council of German Christians, convened in Berlin, issued a call for a unified Protestant church faithful to the tenets of National Socialism, including the "Aryan cleansing" of the German church. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
1 May 1933

Germany
  • The noted academic, Carl Schmitt, Professor of Law at Berlin University in Germany, joined the National Socialist Party. It was through his influence that so many German academics and lawyers would be exulted to accept the new order. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
12 Dec 1933

Photo(s) dated 12 Dec 1933
Hermann G├Âring speaking to the Reichstag, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 12 Dec 1933
28 Feb 1934

Germany
  • At a conference in the Great Hall of the Army General Staff Building on Bendlerstrasse, Berlin, Germany, Hitler told the assembled senior Army and SA officers in no uncertain terms that the Army would be the sole bearer of arms, although for the time being the SA would continue its frontier protection duties and paramilitary training. In addition Hitler informed the delegates that the Army must be organized to carry out training to be ready for a defensive war in five years and a war of aggression in eight years. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | AC]
24 Apr 1934

Germany
  • In Germany, a Supreme Court was created in Berlin to take on the most serious cases of treason. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
29 Jun 1934

Germany
  • Generalleutnant Ewald von Kleis flew to Berlin, Germany to warn General Werner von Fritsch of the impending violence between the SS and SA organizations of the Nazi Party. When Fritsch informed Walther von Reichenau at the Defence Ministry the latter simply replied that it was "too late now". ww2dbase [Paul von Kleist | Berlin | AC]
30 Jun 1934

Germany
  • Gregor Strasser was arrested at his home on the pretext that he was conspiring to overturn the state, and was shot by an SS captain a few hours later in a cell in the secret police headquarters in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
13 Nov 1934

Germany
  • Nazi Party Christians held a rally at the Sportpalast in Berlin, Germany, during which party officially announced what amounted to the Nazification of Christianity. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
8 Jan 1935

Germany
13 Jun 1935

Germany
1 Apr 1936

Germany
1 Aug 1936

Germany
9 Aug 1936

Germany
  • During the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal, becoming the first American to win four medals in one Olympiad. Owens commented that Adolf Hitler, although biased against people of African descent, rose and waved at him as he paraded with other medal winners before the German leader; Franklin Roosevelt, however, "didn't even send me a telegram." ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
6 Oct 1936

Germany
  • Oswald Mosley married Diana Mitford in secret at the home of Joseph Goebbels in Berlin, Germany. Their guests included Adolf Hitler. ww2dbase [Oswald Mosley | Berlin | CPC]
5 Nov 1936

Germany
30 Jan 1937

Germany
  • The Enabling Act of Mar 1933 was renewed by the German Reichstag even though Frick's Interior Ministry had wanted the government to have a larger say, and the Reichstag to give formal assent to new laws. The formal legal principle was retained that laws were, in theory, approved by "the Reich government as a collegium", and not by Hitler alone (this despite the fact that Hitler had long abandoned any pretence what the State was governed by a collective leadership, and instead issued decrees and directives on his own behalf). In a speech to the Reichstag upon the renewal, Hitler formally declared the German withdrawal from the Treaty of Versailles. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | AC]
4 Feb 1937

Photo(s) dated 4 Feb 1937
Hitler speaking to 15,000 rail workers from balcony of Reich Chancellery, 4 Feb 1937; Government Secretary Hans-Heinrich Lammers and Minister of Transport Julius Heinrich Dorpm├╝ller next to Hitler
20 Apr 1937

Photo(s) dated 20 Apr 1937
Josef Dietrich, Adolf Hitler, and Heinrich Himmler at the entrance of the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 20 Apr 1937 during a celebration for Hitler
9 Jun 1937

Photo(s) dated 9 Jun 1937
Chinese Finance Minister Kong Xiangxi (H. H. Kung) visiting Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany, 9 Jun 1937Ambassador Cheng Tianfang, Minister of Finance Kong Xiangxi (H. H. Kung), Minister of Navy Admiral Chen Shaokuan, and Minister of Economics Hjalmar Schacht in Berlin, Germany, 9 Jun 1937
10 Jun 1937

Photo(s) dated 10 Jun 1937
Kong Xiangxi (H. H. Kung), Hjalmar Schacht, Chen Shaokuan, and others at the Chinese ambassasy in Berlin, Germany, 10 Jun 1937
27 Jun 1937

Germany
  • Pastor Martin Niem├Âller delivered an outspoken sermon in Berlin, Germany in which he made it clear that a Christian's obligation was to "obey God rather than man". Arrested for anti-state activity he was sentenced to seven months in prison in Mar 1938, after which Hitler had him committed to a Concentration Camp, from which he emerged alive in 1945. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
4 Oct 1937

Germany
  • Hitler issued a comprehensive law for "the reconstruction of German cities", with priority being given to the rebuilding of Berlin. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | AC]
20 Jan 1938

Germany
  • Werner von Blomberg took a break from his honeymoon in Capri, Italy and returned to his office in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Werner von Blomberg | Berlin | CPC]
30 Jan 1938

Photo(s) dated 30 Jan 1938
Adolf Hitler on the balcony of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, Germany, 30 Jan 1938
12 Mar 1938

Photo(s) dated 12 Mar 1938
Adolf Hitler announcing the annexation of Austria to members of the Reichstag at Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, Mar 1938
21 May 1938

Germany
  • British Ambassador Nevile Henderson met with German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop twice in Berlin, Germany on this date in regards to the tension over Czechoslovakia. British Foreign Minister Lord Halifax likewise met with German Ambassador Herbert von Dirksen in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Munich Conference and the Annexation of Sudetenland | Berlin | CPC]
30 May 1938

Germany
  • Chinese Ambassador to Germany Cheng Tianfang's resignation was accepted by the Chinese foreign ministry. ww2dbase [Cheng Tianfang | Berlin | CPC]
8 Jun 1938

Germany
  • German businessman John Rabe sent a letter, a detailed report, and a roll of film (shot by US missionary George Fitch) to Adolf Hitler in the hopes that Germany would be able to influence Japan to cease the brutal treatment of the Chinese population. Rabe was unexpected threatened by the Gestapo several days later, warning him to remain quiet on this topic. ww2dbase [Battle of Nanjing and the Rape of Nanjing | Berlin | CPC]
6 Aug 1938

Germany
18 Aug 1938

Germany
  • In Berlin, Germany, Colonel-General Ludwig Beck was forced to resign as Chief of the Army General Staff because of his consistent opposition to Adolf Hitler's decision to attack Czechosovakia. ww2dbase [Ludwig Beck | Berlin | AC]
21 Sep 1938

Photo(s) dated 21 Sep 1938
Chinese Ambassador Chen Jie and German diplomat Konrad von Schubert in Berlin, Germany, circa 21 Sep 1938
24 Sep 1938

Germany
26 Sep 1938

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler spoke at the Berlin Sportpalast in Germany, claiming that whether Europe was to go into war or remain in peace, it was now up to Czechoslovakian President Edvard Bene┼í. He also announced that Sudetenland was to be Germany's last territorial demand in Europe. In the United States, President Franklin Roosevelt sent Hitler a message in an attempt to maintain peace. Also on this day, French General Maurice Gamelin told Britain that France possess enough strength to overwhelm German defenses should France go to war over German threats on Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Munich Conference and the Annexation of Sudetenland | Berlin | CPC]
27 Sep 1938

Germany
  • In the early afternoon, Adolf Hitler moved several divisions to the German-Czechoslovakian border. In the late afternoon, he called for a military parade on the Unter den Linden boulevard in Berlin, Germany to rouse a patriotic sentiment; Berlin citizens responded coolly, however. In the United Kingdom, British military mobilized for war, school children were evacuated from London, while trenches were dug in the city's parks. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain recommended Czechoslovakian President Edvard Bene┼í to accept a partial military occupation of Sudetenland by the Germans. In the United States, President Franklin Roosevelt called for an international conference in an attempt to maintain peace. The King of Sweden also attempted to calm Hitler down, sending him a message advising him that German's current strength was no match for the combined strength of the opposing powers. Even the chief of the German Navy Erich Raeder attempted to convince Hitler to not provoke war. Late in the day, Czechoslovakia finally received some foreign support when Yugoslavia and Romania declared that they would offer military assistance should Hungary use force against Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Munich Conference and the Annexation of Sudetenland | Berlin | CPC]
11 Nov 1938

Photo(s) dated 11 Nov 1938
Vandalized Jewish store, Berlin, Germany, 11 Nov 1938
22 Nov 1938

Photo(s) dated 22 Nov 1938
Men of Leibstandarte
10 Jan 1939

Photo(s) dated 10 Jan 1939
Marble gallery of the New Reich Chancellery, Berlin, Germany, 10 Jan 1939
21 Jan 1939

Germany
  • Czechoslovakian foreign minister visited Adolf Hitler in Berlin, Germany; Hitler demanded Czechoslovakia to decrease the size of its military, to hand over a large portion of its gold reserves to be stored in Germany, and to begin excluding Jews in society. ww2dbase [Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia | Berlin | CPC]
30 Jan 1939

Photo(s) dated 30 Jan 1939
Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 30 Jan 1939
12 Feb 1939

Germany
  • Slovakian nationalist leader Vojtech Tuka met with Adolf Hitler in Berlin, Germany, seeking support for Slovakian independence. Hitler answered in the affirmative. ww2dbase [Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia | Berlin | CPC]
15 Mar 1939

Germany
  • At 0115 hours, Czechoslovakian President Emil H├ícha met with Adolf Hitler, who was accompanied by Wilhelm Keitel, Hermann G├Âring, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Theodor Morell, in Berlin, Germany. Hitler threatened H├ícha that German forces were poised to invade Czechoslovakia at 0600 hours, so it was up to H├ícha to either agree to a peaceful occupation or face a destructive invasion. At 0215 hours, Hitler left the conference room, and G├Âring and Ribbentrop continued to threaten H├ícha with, among other things, the bombing of Prague. H├ícha fainted twice during the negotiations, and both times were revived by injections by Dr. Morell. H├ícha gave in at 0355 hours, and German troops marched across the borders at 0600 hours unopposed. In the evening, Adolf Hitler entered Prague in a grand parade. During the day in eastern Czechoslovakia, Hungarian forces marched into Ruthenia, ending the one-day-old nation of Capatho-Ukraine. ww2dbase [Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia | Berlin | CPC]
23 Mar 1939

Germany
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vojtech Tuka signed the official document in Berlin, Germany that declared Slovakia as an independent nation under German protection. ww2dbase [Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia | Berlin | CPC]
24 Mar 1939

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler returned from recently annexed Memel to Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
20 Apr 1939

Germany
  • Italian Ambassador in Berlin, Germany, Attalico, sent a message to Rome, Italy, noting that war between Germany and Poland seemed imminent. ww2dbase [The Danzig Crisis | Berlin | CPC]
7 May 1939

Germany
  • The French ambassador in Berlin, Germany dispatched a warning to French leadership of deteriorating German-Polish relations. ww2dbase [The Danzig Crisis | Berlin | CPC]
9 May 1939

Germany
  • The French ambassador in Berlin, Germany dispatched another warning to French leadership, noting that he had reasons to believe that Adolf Hitler was presenting or was about to present a plan to Joseph Stalin for the partition of Poland. ww2dbase [The Danzig Crisis | Berlin | CPC]
22 May 1939

Germany
28 May 1939

Germany
  • The Italian Foreign Minister Count Ciano visited Berlin, Germany where he was given a great reception in his honour by Hitler. ww2dbase [Galeazzo Ciano | Berlin | AC]
7 Jun 1939

Germany
  • In the German capital of Berlin, Germany signed separate non-aggression pacts with Latvia and Estonia. The documents were signed for Germany by Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop; Foreign Minister Vilhelms Munters signed for Latvia, and Foreign Minister Karl Selter signed for Estonia. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
26 Jul 1939

Germany
  • Low level German and Soviet diplomats had a friendly dinner together in Berlin, Germany, their discussions lasting a little after midnight. They concluded that a treaty between Germany and Soviet would mean peace in Eastern Europe, and that the Soviet Union should be aware of the United Kingdom, whose aggressiveness would undoubtedly drag the Soviet Union into a war should the two countries sign any military agreement with each other. ww2dbase [Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact | Berlin | CPC]
4 Aug 1939

Germany
  • The German expedition team consisting of Ernst Sch├Ąfer, Bruno Beger, Karl Wienert, Ernst Krause, and others, having departed Lhasa, Tibet in Aug 1939, arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
22 Aug 1939

Germany
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop and the German delegation departed Berlin, Germany aboard two Condor aircraft for K├Ânigsberg, East Prussia, Germany. ww2dbase [Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact | Berlin | CPC]
24 Aug 1939

Germany
  • In Berlin, Germany, journalist William Shirer noted in his diary "it looks like war" based on his observations throughout the day. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | Berlin | CPC]
25 Aug 1939

Germany
26 Aug 1939

Germany
  • The German Foreign Minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, handed the British Ambassador, Sir Neville Henderson, a list of terms that would allegedly ensure peace. These terms stipulated that Danzig would be returned to Germany, there would be a plebiscite in the Polish Corridor based on 1919 residency and there would also be an exchange of minority populations between Poland and Germany. The British thought these were fair demands and so the Polish Ambassador J├│zef Lipski went to see Ribbentrop, but was thrown out when he revealed that he did not have the power to sign the agreement. Germany then announced that Poland had refused its fair demands. ww2dbase [Joachim von Ribbentrop | Berlin | AC]
28 Aug 1939

Germany
31 Aug 1939

Germany
  • German official Hermann G├Âring hosted British Ambassador Nevile Henderson and Swedish businessman Birger Dahlerus at his home in Berlin, Germany for tea between 1700 and 1900 hours, during which the latter two made a last attempt to broker peace. ww2dbase [Hermann G├Âring | Berlin | CPC]
1 Sep 1939

Photo(s) dated 1 Sep 1939
Rudolf He├č and Adolf Hitler at the Reichstag meeting at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 1 Sep 1939Adolf Hitler giving a speech to the Reichstag, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 1 Sep 1939.
3 Sep 1939

Germany
  • At 0900 hours, British Ambassador in Germany Nevile Henderson delivered the British declaration of war to German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, effective at 1100 hours; British Commonwealth nations of New Zealand and Australia followed suit. France would also declare war later on this day, effective at 1700 hours. In the afternoon, Adolf Hitler issued an order to his generals, again stressing that German troops must not attack British and French positions. Finally, Hitler also sent a message to the Soviet Union, asking the Soviets to jointly invade Poland. ww2dbase [Invasion of Poland | Berlin | TH]
  • Adolf Hitler departed Berlin, Germany for the Eastern Front. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
17 Sep 1939

Germany
25 Sep 1939

Germany
26 Sep 1939

Germany
  • Former German Army Commander-in-Chief Werner von Fritsch was buried in Berlin, Germany. Neither Adolf Hitler, nor Joachim von Ribbertrop, nor Heinrich Himmler attended the ceremonial state funeral. ww2dbase [Werner von Fritsch | Berlin | AC]
1 Oct 1939

Germany
6 Oct 1939

Germany
  • In a speech at the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany, Adolf Hitler noted that he did not wish to wage war against France and the United Kingdom, and it would not be worth the blood of British, French, and German soldiers for Poland, since it was created unjustly by the Versailles Treaty. He proposed a multi-power conference to achieve peace. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Oct 1939
Adolf Hitler giving a speech to the Reichstag, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 6 Oct 1939; also present: G├Âring, He├č, Ribbentrop, Raeder, Frick, Goebbels, Neurath, Frank, Lammers, Sey├č-Inquart, Keitel
11 Oct 1939

Germany
  • The radio station in Berlin, Germany reported the false rumor of the fall of the British government, and that the new government was to offer Germany peace terms. "Old women in the vegetable markets tossed their cabbages into the air, wrecked their stands in sheer joy and made for the nearest pub to toast the peace", reported journalist William Shirer. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
21 Oct 1939

Germany
  • General Erich von Manstein, Chief of Staff of Army Group A, obtained a copy of Plan Yellow whilst passing through Berlin, Germany on his way to set up Army Group A Headquarters at Koblenz. He found little to admire in the plan, considering it to be too much like the strategy of 1914, and even predicting that the advance would bog down at the same place ÔÇô on the Somme River in France. ww2dbase [Erich von Manstein | Berlin | AC]
23 Oct 1939

Germany
  • On being told by Admiral Erich Raeder that he lacked adequate support from both the civil administration and the other two military branches, Adolf Hitler sent a memorandum to the Air Force and Army Commanders-in-Chiefs as well as to the Ministers concerned. The memo made it clear that "All measures for attacking the merchant shipping and economic resources of Great Britain were to be directed through the O.K.W. (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht)." This gave Raeder the chance to press for a relaxation of the restrictions on sinking neutral vessels trading with England. Hitler however remained adamant that any incidents should be forbidden until he was ready to strike on land. He told the admiral that he was worried about the name of the heavy cruiser Deutschland. As soon as she arrived back her name was to be changed to L├╝tzow. "Should she be sunk with her present name it would have serious repercussions back home." Hitler then ordered a meeting of Naval Staff in Berlin, Germany on 1 Nov 1939. ww2dbase [Start of the Battle of the Atlantic | Adolf Hitler | Erich Raeder | Deutschland | Berlin | HM]
1 Nov 1939

Germany
  • In a meeting with General Wilhelm Keitel and Lieutenant Commander Karl-Jesko von Puttkamer, Adolf Hitler's liaison officer with the Naval War Staff in Berlin, Hitler repeatedly told the officers that the name of the cruiser Deutschland should be changed and the ship was to avoid any action the same orders were to be issued to the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau. Hitler was worried that any action would bring out the British Grand Fleet before air protection was organised. The Graf Spee, on station in the South Atlantic was to be ordered to be ready to sail to the Indian Ocean. Any operations of battleships must be held until Italy entered the war and the British Forces consequently held down. Submarine warfare was to be intensified. Passenger ships could be attacked and neutral ships would be attacked once a state of siege be declared against Britain. Hitler would not give priority to the production of submarines however, as Army equipment and ammunition supplies were of prime importance. Erich Raeder sent a copy to Admiral Karl D├Ânitz, Commander of the Submarine Arm with a note saying that in order to carry out a large scale submarine war then continuous pressure would be necessary. ww2dbase [Start of the Battle of the Atlantic | Adolf Hitler | Erich Raeder | Wilhelm Keitel | Deutschland | Berlin | HM]
7 Nov 1939

Germany
  • Hermann G├Âring met with American journalists at the Soviet embassy in Berlin, Germany and mocked the quality and quantity of the US-built aircraft that would soon arrive in Britain. ww2dbase [Hermann G├Âring | Berlin | CPC]
14 Dec 1939

Germany
16 Dec 1939

Germany
18 Dec 1939

Germany
1 Mar 1940

Germany
  • US Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles arrived in Berlin, Germany on a peace mission, and met with German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop on the first day of his visit. ww2dbase [Joachim von Ribbentrop | Berlin | TH]
2 Mar 1940

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler met with US Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
3 Mar 1940

Germany
  • Hermann G├Âring met with US Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Hermann G├Âring | Berlin | CPC]
4 Mar 1940

Germany
  • US Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles departed Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
19 Mar 1940

Germany
5 Apr 1940

Germany
9 May 1940

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler issued the order to commence the invasion of France and the Low Countries at dawn on the following day. At noon German meteorologists made a firm forecast of clear skies on the following morning; Adolf Hitler gave the meteorology officer a medal on the spot. In the afternoon, Hitler departed Berlin, Germany for this temporary forward headquarters codenamed Felsennest near Bad M├╝nsereifel in the Rhineland region of Germany to observe the coming invasion. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC, AC]
7 Jun 1940

Germany
10 Jun 1940

Germany
5 Jul 1940

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler departed from his headquarters at Tannenberg in southern Germany, returning to Berlin. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
19 Jul 1940

Germany Photo(s) dated 19 Jul 1940
Adolf Hitler with newly appointed Field Marshals, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 19 Jul 1940
17 Aug 1940

Germany
  • German leaders designated Berlin as the European financial center after Germany's victory. ww2dbase [Berlin | TH]
23 Aug 1940

Germany
25 Aug 1940

Germany
  • 81 British Hampden bombers of No. 49 and No. 50 Squadrons attacked Berlin, Germany in the first retaliation attack for the raid on London, England. Clouds led to bombs falling largely in suburban lawns and gardens, killing only 6. Nevertheles, Luftwaffe chief Hermann G├Âring was shocked and embarrassed that the British bombers were able to get through in such great numbers. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | TH]
28 Aug 1940

Germany
30 Aug 1940

Germany
4 Sep 1940

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler addressed a crowd of factory workers, nurses, and relief workers during the Winter Relief Campaign at the Berlin Sportpalast, declaring that Germany would now answer British night raids on German cities with greater ferocity. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
23 Sep 1940

Germany
25 Oct 1940

Germany
29 Oct 1940

Germany
12 Nov 1940

Germany
  • Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov arrived in Berlin, Germany for discussions about spheres of influence in the Balkan Peninsula and in Finland. In the morning, German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop reassured Molotov that Germany had no further interest in eastern and southern Europe. In the afternoon, Molotov met with Adolf Hitler and relayed Joseph Stalin's request for Hitler to explain the recently formed German-Italian-Japanese military alliance and the recent German move into Romania; before Hitler gave a concrete answer, he noted that as the hour was getting late, the risk of British bombing was getting greater, thus the meeting should be broken up. ww2dbase [Vyacheslav Molotov | Berlin | TH]
  • Having realized that his staff made plans to move visiting Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov to bomb shelters in case Allied bombers attacked Berlin, Adolf Hitler realized that the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Germany did not have an adequate bunker, and immediate ordered for a plan to be drawn up. Digging would begin in the middle of the Chancellery garden in 1943, but the construction would never be finished. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Nov 1940
Vyacheslav Molotov and Joachim von Ribbentrop, Berlin, Germany, 12 Nov 1940. Photo 1 of 2.Vyacheslav Molotov and Joachim von Ribbentrop, Berlin, Germany, 12 Nov 1940. Photo 2 of 2.
14 Nov 1940

Photo(s) dated 14 Nov 1940
Vyacheslav Molotov and Joachim von Ribbentrop shaking hands, Anhalter Station, Berlin, Germany, 14 Nov 1940Vyacheslav Molotov and Joachim von Ribbentrop at Anhalter Station, Berlin, Germany, 14 Nov 1940. They are escorted by Foreign Office staff members Baron Alexander Von D├Ârnberg (2m tall) and Gustav Hilger (glasses)
18 Nov 1940

Photo(s) dated 18 Nov 1940
Vyacheslav Molotov and Adolf Hitler at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 18 Nov 1940; note Wilhelm Keitel in background
23 Nov 1940

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21 Dec 1940

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27 Dec 1940

Germany
  • Erich Raedar met with Adolf Hitler in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Erich Raeder | Berlin | CPC]
16 Jan 1941

Germany
16 Feb 1941

Photo(s) dated 16 Feb 1941
Danish police chief Dahl, Dr. Karl Ritter von Halt, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Kurt Daluege, and Karl Wolff at the Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany, 16 Feb 1941
27 Feb 1941

Germany
20 Mar 1941

Germany
  • Heinrich Himmler, Rudolf He├č, Fritz Todt, Reinhard Heydrich, and other top Nazi German official met in Berlin, Germany to discuss plans for resettling Eastern Europe with Germans. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | Fritz Todt | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Mar 1941
Heinrich Himmler, Konrad Meyer, Fritz Todt, Rudolf He├č, and other German leaders during a planning session for the German resettling of Eastern Europe, Berlin, Germany, 20 Mar 1941Heinrich Himmler, Philipp Bouhler, Rudolf He├č, Kurt Daluege, Fritz Todt, and Konrad Meyer during a meeting on the German resettling of Eastern Europe, Berlin, Germany, 20 Mar 1941
24 Mar 1941

Germany
26 Mar 1941

Germany
  • Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka arrived in Berlin, Germany. He was not met by Joachim von Ribbentrop immediately as his German counterpart was busy with the recent political developments in Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Yosuke Matsuoka | Berlin | CPC]
27 Mar 1941

Germany
  • Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka met with German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in Berlin, Germany in the morning; Ribbentrop noted to Matsuoka that the United States was intimidated by the Axis alliance thus would not enter into the war even if Japan joined in to strike at British possessions in Asia. In the afternoon, Matsuoka met with Adolf Hitler. ww2dbase [Yosuke Matsuoka | Berlin | CPC]
28 Mar 1941

Germany
  • Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka again met with German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Yosuke Matsuoka | Berlin | CPC]
  • Before dawn in Berlin, Germany, General Franz Halder completed the German invasion plan for Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Franz Halder | Berlin | CPC]
29 Mar 1941

Germany
  • Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka again met with German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in Berlin, Germany. Ribbentrop offered Matsuoka that, should the Soviet Union attack Japan while Japan embarked on a military campaign against British possessions in Asia, Germany would lend military assistance. Matsuoka countered, noting that the Soviet Union seemed to be friendly toward Japan. ww2dbase [Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact | Berlin | CPC]
30 Mar 1941

Germany
  • In a lengthy speech in the Cabinet Room of the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Hitler told his assembled commanders of his intention to "exterminate" communism "for all time". ww2dbase [Reich Chancellery | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | AC]
2 Apr 1941

Germany
10 Apr 1941

Germany
28 Apr 1941

Germany
  • In Berlin, Germany, German ambassador to the Soviet Union Friedrich Werner von der Schulenburg attempted to convince Adolf Hitler that the Soviet Union was generally friendly toward Germany, and the two nations could achieve greater friendship by working closer together. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
3 May 1941

Photo(s) dated 3 May 1941
Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 3 May 1941
4 May 1941

Photo(s) dated 4 May 1941
Joachim von Ribbentrop and Joseph Goebbels at a Reichstag session, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 4 May 1941Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 4 May 1941, photo 1 of 2Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 4 May 1941, photo 2 of 2
13 Jun 1941

Germany
  • Walther von Brauchitsch returned to Berlin, Germany from an inspection of invasion forces in Poland. ww2dbase [Walther von Brauchitsch | Berlin | CPC]
28 Jun 1941

Germany
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop sent a message to the Japanese embassy in Berlin, Germany, asking the Japanese to jointly invade the Soviet Union by tearing up the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact and attack Vladivostok, Russia. ww2dbase [Joachim von Ribbentrop | Berlin | CPC]
  • Chen Jie submitted a letter to the German government, noting the long standing friendly Sino-German relationship, urging Germany to abandon its wish to recognize the Japanese puppet regime in China under Wang Jingwei. ww2dbase [Chen Jie | Berlin | CPC]
2 Jul 1941

Germany
  • In Germany, Ambassador Chen Jie received orders from China, noting that should Germany recognize Wang Jingwei's Japanese-sponsored puppet state, China would cut diplomatic ties with Germany. ww2dbase [Chen Jie | Berlin | CPC]
10 Jul 1941

Germany
  • Chen Jie ordered the operations of his embassy in Berlin, Germany to be shut down, thus officially cutting diplomatic ties between Germany and China. ww2dbase [Chen Jie | Berlin | CPC]
19 Jul 1941

Photo(s) dated 19 Jul 1941
Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 19 Jul 1941
20 Jul 1941

Germany
  • Werner M├Âlders was promoted to the rank of Oberst and was transferred to the Reich Air Ministry in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Werner M├Âlders | Berlin | CPC]
22 Jul 1941

Germany
  • The German News Bureau in Berlin, Germany reported to the public that the Soviet capital of Moscow had been attacked by German bombers for the first time during the previous night; the aircraft were launched from captured airfields within a few hundred miles from the city. Meanwhile, the German High Command announced that the bombing of Moscow was done in retaliation for Soviet bombings on Bucharest, Romania and Helsinki, Finland. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | Berlin | CPC]
8 Aug 1941

Germany
3 Oct 1941

Germany
  • At the Berliner Sportpalast in the German capital, Adolf Hitler announced during a rally that the Germans had captured 2,500,000 Soviet prisoners of war, destroyed or captured 22,000 guns, destroyed or captured 18,000 tanks, destroyed 14,500 aircraft, and since 1939 had expanded Germany by an area four times as large as Britain. He stressed that the Soviet Union had been broken and would never rise again. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | TH]
7 Nov 1941

Germany
28 Nov 1941

Germany
  • A state funeral was held for Werner M├Âlders in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Werner M├Âlders | Berlin | CPC]
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop met with Hiroshi Oshima in Berlin, Germany, promising that Germany would declare war on the United States should Japan and the US enter a state of war; Ribbentrop, however, did not know Japan was planning on starting the war soon. ww2dbase [Joachim von Ribbentrop | Berlin | CPC]
  • Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Nov 1941
Martin Bormann, Julius Schaub, Adolf Hitler, Karl Brandt, and Erhard Milch at the funeral service of Werner M├Âlders at the Reich Air Ministry, Berlin, Germany, 28 Nov 1941
9 Dec 1941

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler arrived in Berlin, Germany at 1100 hours. He decided to declare war on the United States on this date, but decided to withhold the announcement until 11 Dec in order to have enough time to draft his speech. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
11 Dec 1941

Photo(s) dated 11 Dec 1941
Adolf Hitler receiving salutes from the German Reichstag upon declaring war on the United States, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 11 Dec 1941German Reichstag saluting Adolf Hitler shortly after GermanyAdolf Hitler declaring war on the United States at the German Reichstag, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 11 Dec 1941, photo 1 of 2Adolf Hitler declaring war on the United States at the German Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, 11 Dec 1941, photo 2 of 2
18 Jan 1942

Germany
  • German and Italy signed two secret military agreements with Japan in Berlin, Germany, one with the Japanese Army and the other with the Japanese Navy. The two agreement divided the world into two operational zones along the 70th meridian east longitude line, the west of which would be under the operational jurisdiction of Germany and Italy, and east of which of Japan. The agreements also committed the three powers to intelligence sharing. ww2dbase [Berlin | TH, CPC]
20 Jan 1942

Germany
24 Jan 1942

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28 Jan 1942

Germany
  • In Berlin, Germany, fighter ace Adolf Galland was awarded Diamonds to his Knight's Cross by Adolf Hitler for achieving 94 kills. ww2dbase [Adolf Galland | Berlin | AC]
30 Jan 1942

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler spoke at the Berlin Sports Palace, threatening the Jews of the world with annihilation. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
12 Feb 1942

Photo(s) dated 12 Feb 1942
Funeral procession of Fritz Todt, Unter den Linden, Berlin, Germany, 12 Feb 1942; note Wilhelm Keitel, Erich Raeder, Erhard Milch immediate behind the gun carriageAdolf Hitler speaking at Fritz Todt
13 Feb 1942

Germany
18 Feb 1942

Germany
  • Germany, Italy, and Japan signed a military convention in Berlin, Germany, laying down "guidelines for common operations against the common enemies." ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
28 Feb 1942

Germany
16 Apr 1942

Photo(s) dated 16 Apr 1942
Crew of a Flakvierling 38 anti-aircraft gun atop the Berlin Zoo flak tower, Berlin, Germany, 16 Apr 1942; note range measuring device in foreground and radar station in background
26 Apr 1942

Germany
1 May 1942

Germany
  • In Berlin, the German High Command recorded that units on the Eastern Front were currently 308,000 men understrength. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
29 May 1942

Photo(s) dated 29 May 1942
Subhash Chandra Bose and Adolf Hitler, Reich Chancellery, Berlin, Germany, 29 May 1942
9 Jun 1942

Photo(s) dated 9 Jun 1942
Himmler looked on as Heydrich
16 Jan 1943

Germany
17 Jan 1943

Germany
  • Journalist Richard Dimbleby flew in a British No. 106 Squadron Lancaster bomber over Berlin, Germany during a raid to record a live report, which was broadcast by the BBC on the following day. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | CPC]
30 Jan 1943

Germany
28 Feb 1943

Germany
2 Mar 1943

Germany
  • Joseph Goebbels' diary entry on this date noted that "we are now definitely pushing the Jews out of Berlin" and expressing that many Jews were still in hiding in the city that needed to be found and deported. ww2dbase [Joseph Goebbels | Berlin | CPC]
21 Mar 1943

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler, Hermann G├Âring, Wilhelm Keitel, Karl D├Ânitz, Heinrich Himmler, Fedor von Bock, Erhard Milch, and others visited the Zeughaus in Berlin, Germany to inspect an exhibition featuring captured Soviet weapons. It was Hitler's first public event in four months. At the Zeughaus, Colonel Rudolf von Gersdorff wore an overcoat packed with explosives with the intention of killing Hitler, but Hitler's schedule changed unexpectedly, and Hitler's early departure from the exhibition caused the assassination attempt to be called off. After departing from the exhibition, the group of German leaders attended a memorial ceremony for the Heroes' Memorial Day. ww2dbase [July Plot | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | TH, CPC]
25 May 1943

Germany
  • In a conference in Berlin, Germany, Albert Speer recommended that the funding for military research be focused on the V-2 rocket program rather than being spread around a wide range of projects that included jets, heat-seeking missiles, sound-seeking torpedoes, and others. Ultimately this recommendation would be ignored. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Albert Speer | Berlin | CPC]
26 Jul 1943

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler called for Otto Skorzeny to discuss the rescue of Benito Mussolini, but Skorzeny missed the initial call as he was drinking with a friend at Hotel Eden on the Kurf├╝rstendamm in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | Berlin | CPC]
23 Aug 1943

Germany
31 Aug 1943

Germany
26 Sep 1943

Germany
  • Otto Skorzeny presented three Knight's Cross medals at the Harvest Thanksgiving festival at the Berlin Sportpalast in Germany. In the early afternoon, he had lunch with Joseph Goebbels and his family. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | Berlin | CPC]
3 Oct 1943

Photo(s) dated 3 Oct 1943
Otto Skorzeny, Helmut K├Ârner, Fritz Reinhardt, and Kurt Zschirnt at a rally at the Sportpalast in Berlin, Germany, 3 Oct 1943, photo 1 of 2Otto Skorzeny, Helmut K├Ârner, Fritz Reinhardt, and Kurt Zschirnt at a rally at the Sportpalast in Berlin, Germany, 3 Oct 1943, photo 2 of 2German troops being honored at the Sportpalast for taking part in the rescue of Mussolini, Berlin, Germany, 3 Oct 1943Otto Skorzeny presenting an award to Helmut K├Ârner, Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany, 3 Oct 1943
18 Nov 1943

Germany
  • RAF Bomber Command launched a concerted series of attacks on the Berlin, Germany dubbed "Operation Berlin". During the first attack, more than 700 tons of bombs were dropped. Over a five-month period, Berlin is attacked 32 times and hit by 25,000 tons of bombs, killing more than 6,000 and leaving 1.5 million homeless; RAF lost 1,047 aircraft during the five-month bombing campaign. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | AC]
22 Nov 1943

Germany
23 Nov 1943

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24 Nov 1943

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25 Nov 1943

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26 Nov 1943

Germany
  • USAAF launched its heaviest raid on Bremen, Germany, while the RAF hit Berlin, Germany for the fifth night in a row with 443 Lancaster and 7 Mosquito aircraft. Stuttgart, Germany was attacked in diversion by 84 aircraft. 34 RAF aircraft were lost during this night. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | TH]
2 Dec 1943

Germany
  • 458 RAF aircraft (425 Lancaster, 15 Halifax, and 18 Mosquito) attacked Berlin, Germany, dropping 1,500 tons of bombs; 40 bombers were lost (37 Lancaster, 2 Halifax, and 1 Mosquito). Two Siemens factories, a ball-bearing factory, and several railway installations were damaged. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | TH]
16 Dec 1943

Germany
  • 498 RAF aircraft (483 Lancaster and 15 Mosquito) attacked Berlin, Germany; 25 Lancaster bombers were lost in combat and 29 more were lost while landing in bad weather. Berlin rail system was disrupted heavily, while the National Theater and the national archives buildings were destroyed. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | CPC]
23 Dec 1943

Germany
29 Dec 1943

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1 Jan 1944

Germany
2 Jan 1944

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4 Jan 1944

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10 Jan 1944

Germany
20 Jan 1944

Germany
  • The heaviest RAF raid on Berlin to date was launched, with 769 aircraft (495 Lancaster, 264 Halifax, 10 Mosquito) dropping over 2,300 tons of explosives on the German capital. 13 Lancaster and 22 Halifax bombers were lost. Damage on Berlin was thought to be extensive, but this could not be confirmed due to bad weather on the next day. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | TH]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein shot down three British aircraft near Berlin, Germany, increasing his victories to 78. His Ju 88 aircraft was damaged by the propeller of the third aircraft he shot down, a Lancaster bomber, and only barely made it back to the airfield and had to crash land. ww2dbase [Heinrich | Berlin | CPC]
27 Jan 1944

Germany
28 Jan 1944

Germany
29 Jan 1944

Germany
  • In Germany, the Duisburg and Herbouville flying bomb site were bombed by 22 Mosquito aircraft of the RAF. Meanwhile, RAF bombers attacked Berlin and USAAF bombers attacked Frankfurt am Main and Ludwigshafen. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | CPC]
30 Jan 1944

Germany
15 Feb 1944

Germany
  • 891 RAF aircraft (561 Lancaster, 314 Halifax, and 16 Mosquito) attacked Berlin, Germany, dropping over 2,500 tons of bombs in what was the heaviest raid to date. The industrial Siemensstadt area was damaged. 26 Lancaster and 17 Halifax bombers were lost. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | CPC]
3 Mar 1944

Germany
4 Mar 1944

Germany
6 Mar 1944

Germany
  • The US 8th Army Air Force journeyed all the way to Berlin, Germany for the first time. In all 474 bombers and their Mustang escort fighters flew to the German capital, facing a barrage of heavy flak and many Luftwaffe fighters. A total of 53 B-17 bombers and 16 fighters were lost. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | TH, AC]
8 Mar 1944

Germany
9 Mar 1944

Photo(s) dated 9 Mar 1944
B-17G Fortress
24 Mar 1944

Germany
25 Mar 1944

Germany
25 Apr 1944

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler made his last major public appearance at Hans-Valentin Hube's funeral in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | TH]
7 May 1944

Germany
19 May 1944

Photo(s) dated 19 May 1944
B-17G Fortress B-17G Fortress B-17G Fortress B-17G Fortress
22 Jun 1944

Germany
  • Claus von Stauffenberg met with representatives from the German communists in eastern Berlin, Germany, not knowing one of them was a Gestapo spy. ww2dbase [Claus von Stauffenberg | Berlin | CPC]
6 Jul 1944

Germany
  • Baron Hiroshi Oshima, the Japanese ambassador to Berlin, unaware that his reports were being read by the cryptanalysts in Bletchley Park in Britain, told Tokyo that the German high command was still awaiting for George Patton's army group to land in the Pas de Calais, France. A month after D-Day the "Fortitude" deception plan was still misleading the German generals. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | Hiroshi Oshima | Berlin | AC]
8 Jul 1944

Germany
  • Raoul Wallenberg landed at Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany and traveled to his sister's residence in the southwestern suburb of the city. He would experience his first air raid during that night. ww2dbase [Raoul Wallenberg | Berlin | CPC]
16 Jul 1944

Germany
  • Claus von Stauffenberg hosted a party at his home at Wannsee, Berlin, Germany, which was attended by several anti-Hitler conspirators. ww2dbase [Claus von Stauffenberg | Berlin | CPC]
21 Jul 1944

Germany
2 Sep 1944

Germany
  • German Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel, head of Oberkommando der Heeres (OKH), ordered that "Malingerers and cowardly shirkers, including officers" should be executed immediately. ww2dbase [Wilhelm Keitel | Berlin | AC]
8 Sep 1944

Germany
  • Former German intelligence officer Colonel Georg Hansen was executed at the Pl├Âtzensee Prison in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
20 Oct 1944

Germany
15 Jan 1945

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler departed the Adlerhorst headquarters in Wetterau, Germany, returning to Berlin. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
16 Jan 1945

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler arrived in Berlin, Germany, and would remain here until the end of his life. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
23 Jan 1945

Germany
  • Helmuth von Moltke was executed at the Pl├Âtzensee Prison in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Helmuth von Moltke | Berlin | CPC]
3 Feb 1945

Germany
  • Judge Roland Friesler, the fanatical Nazi who condemned to death the July plotters against Hitler, was killed during an air raid on Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
  • BBC war correspondent Guy Byam was killed when the Flying Fortress bomber in which he was reporting on a daylight raid on Berlin, Germany was shot down. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Feb 1945
Reconnaissance photo of 8th Air Force bomb damage to Berlin, Germany; taken Feb 3 1945
4 Feb 1945

Photo(s) dated 4 Feb 1945
View of Mohrenstrasse, Berlin, Germany after the Allied bombing of 3 Feb 1945
17 Feb 1945

Germany
  • Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden arrived in Berlin, Germany to negotiate for the repatriation of Swedish woman who had married a German man but now widowed or deserted. ww2dbase [Folke Bernadotte | Berlin | CPC]
24 Feb 1945

Germany
6 Mar 1945

Germany
  • Major-General Hellmuth Reymann, on Adolf Hitler's direct orders, became the military commander of Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Helmuth Reymann | Berlin | AC]
10 Mar 1945

Photo(s) dated 10 Mar 1945
German civilians building a roadblock near the Hermannstra├če S-Bahn station, Berlin, Germany, 10 Mar 1945, photo 3 of 6German civilians building a roadblock near the Hermannstra├če S-Bahn station, Berlin, Germany, 10 Mar 1945, photo 2 of 6German civilians building a roadblock near the Hermannstra├če S-Bahn station, Berlin, Germany, 10 Mar 1945, photo 1 of 6German boys digging a trench, Berlin, Germany, 10 Mar 1945
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24 Mar 1945

Germany
  • B-17 bombers attacked the Daimler-Benz tank factory in Berlin, Germany; the bombers were escorted by P-51 fighters flown by African-American pilots of 332nd Fighter Group from Ramitelli Airfield in Italy. About 30 Me 262 jet fighter of German Jagdgeschwader 7 wing rose to defend. The American fighter and bomber airmen together claimed 16 jets shot down, but actual German records showed that only 8 were lost in this action. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
15 Apr 1945

Germany
  • Eva Braun arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Eva Braun | Berlin | CPC]
20 Apr 1945

Germany
  • Theodor Morell was ordered by Adolf Hitler to leave Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Theodor Morell | Berlin | CPC]
21 Apr 1945

Germany
  • During the night (with the Red army already entering the suburbs) RAF Bomber Command attacked Berlin, Germany for the last time during the war. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Berlin | AC]
  • Theodor Morell was dismissed from his position as Adolf Hitler's personal physician, and departed the F├╝hrerbunker in Berlin, Germany in the evening. He was replaced by Ludwig Stumpfegger. ww2dbase [Theodor Morell | Berlin | CPC]
22 Apr 1945

Germany
  • Wilhelm Keitel and Alfred Jodl departed Berlin, Germany for southern Germany on Adolf Hitler's orders. ww2dbase [Wilhelm Keitel | Berlin | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler recognized that the war was lost, and released all non-essential personnel from the F├╝hrerbunker in Berlin, Germany. He assured those dismissed that "nobody is now duty-bound to anything." ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
23 Apr 1945

Germany
  • After sundown, Albert Speer bid his final farewell to Adolf Hitler. He admitted to Hitler that he had sabotaged Hitler's scorched earth policies, and Hitler forgave him for disobeying the order. Speer toured the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany for the last time before leaving for Hamburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Reich Chancellery | Albert Speer | Berlin | CPC]
  • Theodor Morell departed Berlin, Germany by aircraft. ww2dbase [Theodor Morell | Berlin | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler appointed General of Artillery Helmuth Weidling as commander of the Berlin Defence Area. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Helmuth Weidling | Berlin | AC]
25 Apr 1945

Germany
  • When units of Soviet 1st Byelorussian and 1st Ukrainian Fronts met near Kietzen, completing the encirclement of Berlin, Germany. German III.SS-Panzer Korps attempted to break this newly formed encirclement in failure. About 70 kilometers to the south, American and Soviet troops met at Torgau. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Berlin | TH]
  • Robert von Greim arrived at Gatow, Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | Berlin | CPC]
26 Apr 1945

Germany
  • At Adolf Hitler's bunker in Berlin, Germany, Generaloberst Robert Ritter von Greim was promoted to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall and was named by Hitler as Hermann G├Âring's replacement. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | Berlin | TH, CPC]
  • General Walther Wenck's German 12.Armee started to move in an attempt to relieve Berlin, Germany, but this attempt was repulsed by Soviet forces. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Berlin | TH]
  • Hanna Reitsch attempted to convince Magda Goebbels at the F├╝hrerbunker in Berlin, Germany to let her take the Goebbels children to safety, but Goebbels refused to yield. In the evening, Adolf Hitler gave Reitsch a vial of poison before sending her on a mission out of Berlin, in case of her capture by the Soviets. ww2dbase [Hanna Reitsch | Berlin | CPC]
  • Obergruppenf├╝hrer Hermann Fegelein, Eva Braun's Brother-in-law, deserted his station in the Chancellery bunkers in Berlin, Germany but was found hiding at his home in the Charlottenburg district by SS-Obersturmbannf├╝hrer Peter H├Âgl and arrested. After interrogation by the Gestapo in which he reveals Heinrich Himmler's treachery he was taken out into the Chancellery gardens and shot. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
27 Apr 1945

Germany
  • German 9.Armee and 20.Armee both attempted to attack towards Berlin, Germany, but both were rebuffed by Soviet forces. Inside Berlin, Soviet forces fought for control of Templehof airfield, Spandau, and Grunewald areas. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Berlin | TH, AC]
28 Apr 1945

Germany
  • In Berlin, Germany, Marshal Ivan Koniev's men had virtually cleared the Potsdamer Strasse and Soviet troops were now within a mile of the Chancellery and the Reichstag, spurred on by Joseph Stalin's explicit wish that the Soviet flag should fly there in time for the May Day celebrations. In the bunker under the Chancellery, Adolf Hitler awaited reports for the progress of the counterattack he had ordered Walther Wenck to commence; he would receive no such report as he counterattack never took place. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Reich Chancellery | Berlin | CPC, AC]
  • Robert von Greim departed Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | Berlin | CPC]
  • The Tempelhof airport in Berlin, Germany was seized by Soviet troops. With Berlin surrounded and much of the southern suburbs already in Russian hands, Adolf Hitler's last exit route had now been closed off. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Berlin | AC]
29 Apr 1945

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun in his bunker in Berlin, Germany, and began dictating his final political testament and will. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | TH]
  • In the afternoon, Colonel Nicolaus von Below and other three adjutant officers departed Adolf Hitler's bunker in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Berlin | CPC]
30 Apr 1945

Germany
  • The recently married Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide in Berlin, Germany. Their bodies were burned near the Chancellery bunker. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Reich Chancellery | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
  • In the Tiergarten district of Berlin, Germany, Zhukov launched an assault, refusing to permit an armistice, demanding only unconditional surrender. Soviet infantrymen, just 800 metres from the Reichstag, were attacked from the rear by SS diehards in the Kroll Opera House; the building was taken after several hours of bitter hand-to-hand fighting. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Reichstag Building and Kroll Opera House | Berlin | TH, AC]
  • Eva Hitler committed suicide in the F├╝hrerbunker in Berlin, Germany by ingesting cyanide. ww2dbase [Eva Braun | Berlin | CPC]
  • Walter Schreiber was captured by Soviet forces in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Walter Schreiber | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Apr 1945
T-34-85 tank and SU-100 tank destroyer of Soviet 1st Guards Tank Army outside of Berlin, Germany, 30 Apr 1945
1 May 1945

Germany
  • Joseph Goebbels and his wife committed suicide in the garden of the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany after poisoning their six children with cyanide. ww2dbase [Reich Chancellery | Joseph Goebbels | Berlin | CPC]
  • German 12.Armee retreated from Berlin, Germany to the Elbe River and attempted to begin negotiations with US troops. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Berlin | TH]
  • Hans Krebs informed Vasily Chuikov of Adolf Hitler's suicide, thus Chuikov became the first Soviet general to learn of this news. ww2dbase [Vasily Chuikov | Berlin | CPC]
  • Soviet SMERSH agents arrested Reichssicherhetsdienst (RSD) Gruppe commander Oberf├╝hrer Johann Rattenhuber in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
  • Artur Axmann departed from Adolf Hitler's bunker in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Artur Axmann | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 May 1945
Maria Shalneva directing military vehicular traffic in Berlin, Germany, 1 May 1945
2 May 1945

Germany
  • General Helmuth Weidling accepted General Vasily Chuikov's terms of unconditional surrender; the surrender of the Berlin garrison in Germany was to be effective at 1500 hours. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Berlin | TH]
  • Soviet SMERSH agents captured German SS-Gruppenf├╝hrer Johann Rattenhuber, Rear Admiral Hans-Erich Vo├č, General of Artillery Helmuth Weidling, and SS General Wilhelm Mohnke in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Helmuth Weidling | Berlin | CPC]
  • The Soviet Hammer and Sickle flag was hoisted atop the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Reichstag Building and Kroll Opera House | Berlin | TH]
  • Werner Haase was captured by Soviet troops in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Werner Haase | Berlin | CPC]
  • Kurt Fricke was killed during the Soviet attacks on Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Kurt Frike | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 May 1945
Red Army soldier Mikhail Alekseevich Yegorov of Soviet 756 Rifle Regiment flying the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, 2 May 1945, photo 1 of 2Red Army soldier Mikhail Alekseevich Yegorov of Soviet 756 Rifle Regiment flying the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, 2 May 1945, photo 2 of 2; Meliton Kantaria and another watching nearbyGerman troops surrendering their weapons near a subway entrance, Berlin, Germany, 2 May 1945
4 May 1945

Germany
5 May 1945

Germany
  • SMERSH agents attached to Soviet 3rd Shock Army found two burned bodies in a bomb crater near the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany and buried them without much thinking. ww2dbase [Reich Chancellery | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
6 May 1945

Germany
  • SMERSH agents of Soviet 3rd Shock Army sneaked into a section of Berlin, Germany occupied by a different Soviet unit to secretly retrieve two burned bodies near the Chancellery; they believed that one of them might be that of Adolf Hitler's. ww2dbase [Reich Chancellery | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
  • Werner Haase was brought by the Soviets to examine and identify the remains of the Goebbels family in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Werner Haase | Berlin | CPC]
8 May 1945

Germany
  • A special medical commission of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front headed by Lieutenant Colonel Faust Shkaravsky performed an autopsy on the two bodies retrieved near the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, one of which was suspected to be that of Adolf Hitler's. He noted that a part of the skull on one of the bodies was missing, but the cause of death of that person was more likely cyanide poisoning. ww2dbase [Reich Chancellery | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 May 1945
Wilhelm Keitel signing surrender documents at the Soviet headquarters near Berlin, Germany, 8 May 1945Georgy Zhukov reading the act of the German surrender, with Arthur Tedder seated next to him, Berlin, 8 May 1945German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel formally surrendering to Soviet Marshal Georgi Zhukov, Berlin, Germany, 8 May 1945German Generaloberst Hans-J├╝rgen Stumpff, Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel, and Generaladmiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg at the surrender ceremony at Karlshorst, Berlin, Germany, 8 May 1945 Photo 1 of 2
See all photos dated 8 May 1945
9 May 1945

Germany
  • Soviet SMERSH agents arrested K├Ąthe Heusermann, chief assistant to Adolf Hitler's dentist Dr. Hugo Blaschke, to assist in the identification of the body retrieved in Berlin, Germany which was suspected to be that of Hitler's. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
10 May 1945

Photo(s) dated 10 May 1945
Soviet Army photographer Yevgeny Khaldei in Berlin, Germany, May 1945; note Brandenburg Gate in backgroundSoviet troops flying a flag atop Hotel Adlon on Unter den Linden, Berlin, Germany, May 1945Red Army soldiers celebrating the victory in Berlin, Germany, May 1945Soviet soldiers in a tram, Berlin, Germany, May 1945
11 May 1945

Germany
  • Military medical doctor Lieutenant Colonel Faust Shkaravsky of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front concluded that one of the two bodies Soviet SMERSH agents retrieved near the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany was that of Adolf Hitler's. ww2dbase [Reich Chancellery | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | CPC]
  • Soviet counterintelligence official Pavel Meshik reported to the Soviet high command in Berlin, Germany that Soviet discipline was poor, and that lootings and rapings continued to occur in and around the German capital. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Berlin | CPC]
30 May 1945

Photo(s) dated 30 May 1945
The Berlin Zoo flak tower after the battle, Germany, 1945; note two destroyed IS-2 tanks in foreground
31 May 1945

Germany
  • Soviet SMERSH captured German intelligence officer Erwin Stolze in Berlin, Germany in civilian clothing. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
3 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 3 Jun 1945
War damaged Reichstag building, Berlin, Germany, 3 Jun 1945
18 Jun 1945

Germany
  • General Nikolai Berzarin, the Soviet commander in Berlin, Germany, was killed in a car crash in the city. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
1 Jul 1945

Germany
  • US 2nd Armored Division moved into Berlin, Germany to take over the American Zone. ww2dbase [Berlin | TH]
3 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 3 Jul 1945
Graffiti left by Russian soldiers covered the pillars inside the ruins of the German Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, 3 Jul 1945
4 Jul 1945

Germany
  • British 7th Armored Division entered Berlin, Germany to occupy the British Zone. ww2dbase [Berlin | TH]
  • General Omar Bradley took control of the American sector of Berlin, Germany from the Soviets. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | Omar Bradley | Berlin | AC]
5 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 5 Jul 1945
British and Soviet soldiers on the balcony of the Old Reich Chancellery building, same spot where Adolf Hitler had made many of his speeches, Berlin, Germany, 5 Jul 1945
7 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 7 Jul 1945
The war damaged Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin, Germany, 7 Jul 1945
9 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 9 Jul 1945
Columbushaus and other buildings at Potsdamer Platz in ruins, Berlin, Germany, 9 Jul 1945
10 Jul 1945

Germany
  • United Kingdom, United States, and the Soviet Union agreed to include France in the administration of Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | Berlin | TH]
12 Jul 1945

Germany
  • Bernard Montgomery awarded Georgy Zhukov Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | Berlin | CPC]
  • Bernard Montgomery awarded Konstantin Rokossovsky Knight Commander of the British Empire at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Konstantin Rokossovsky | Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jul 1945
Georgi Zhukov, Konstantin Rokossovsky, and other Soviet officers greeting Bernard Montgomery and other British officers at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany, 12 Jul 1945Georgy Zhukov, Bernard Montgomery, Konstantin Rokossovsky, and Vasily Sokolovsky (rear row, between Montgomery and Rokossovsky) in Berlin, Germany, 12 Jul 1945; note Brandenburg Gate in backgroundBernard Montgomery awarding Georgy Zhukov Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany, 12 Jul 1945Bernard Montgomery and Georgy Zhukov saluting UK 7th Armoured Division during the parade at Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany, 12 Jul 1945
See all photos dated 12 Jul 1945
15 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 15 Jul 1945
US C-54 Skymaster aircraft at the Berlin-Gatow airfield, Germany, 15 Jul 1945; these aircraft brought Harry Truman and other US leaders to Berlin for the Potsdam ConferenceBritish Foreign Minister Anthony Eden arriving at Berlin-Gatow airfield, Berlin, Germany, 15 Jul 1945Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery welcoming British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at Berlin-Gatow airfield, Germany, 15 Jul 1945British Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspecting honor guards from British Royal Navy, British Royal Air Force, British Grenadier Guards regiment, and Canadian troops, Berlin-Gatow airfield, Germany, 15 Jul 1945
See all photos dated 15 Jul 1945
16 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 16 Jul 1945
British soldiers in line for tea at NAAFI Mobile Canteen No. 750 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, 16 Jul 1945US President Harry Truman, Secretary of State James Byrnes, and Fleet Admiral William Leahy touring the ruins of Hitler
20 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 20 Jul 1945
Dwight Eisenhower and Lucius Clay at the airfield in Gatow, Berlin, Germany, 20 Jul 1945; note Omar Bradley in backgroundDwight Eisenhower, George Patton, and Harry Truman, Berlin, Germany, 20 Jul 1945
21 Jul 1945

Germany
  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill took the salute at a parade of the 7th Armoured Division through the Charlottenburger Chaussee in Berlin, Germany. This was a great honour to the "Desert Rats" who had fought all the way from El Alamein, Egypt to the German capital. ww2dbase [Winston Churchill | Berlin | AC]
24 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 24 Jul 1945
Lord Louis Mountbatten arriving at Berlin-Gatow airfield, Germany for the Potsdam Conference, 24 Jul 1945Louis Mountbatten reading a dispatch, Berlin-Gatow airfield, Berlin, Germany, 24 Jul 1945
28 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 28 Jul 1945
Sir Alexander Cadogan, Group Captain D. M. Somerville, and Ernest Bevin arriving at Gatow Airport in Berlin, Germany to attend the Potsdam Conference, 28 Jul 1945British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, accompanied by Captain D. Somerville, arriving at Berlin-Gatow airfield, Berlin, Germany, 28 Jul 1945
7 Sep 1945

Photo(s) dated 7 Sep 1945
George Patton and Georgy Zhukov, Berlin, Germany, 7 Sep 1945
6 May 1946

Photo(s) dated 6 May 1946
Allied officers during a parade in Berlin, Germany, 6 May 1946; note ruins of Reichstag building in background
28 Jul 1947

Germany
  • British engineers demolished the smaller building of the Berlin Zoo Flak Tower complex in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin Zoo Flak Tower | Berlin | CPC]
30 Aug 1947

Germany
  • British engineers set off 25 tons of explosives in a failed attempt to demolish the main building of the Berlin Zoo Flak Tower in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin Zoo Flak Tower | Berlin | CPC]
18 Mar 1948

Photo(s) dated 18 Mar 1948
Clearing rubble in front of the Reichstag building, Berlin, Germany, 18 Mar 1948
24 Jun 1948

Germany
  • In Germany, the Berlin Blockade began. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
1 Jul 1948

Germany
  • In Germany, the Berlin Air Lift began. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
12 May 1949

Germany
  • In Germany, the Berlin Blockade was lifted. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
7 Oct 1949

Photo(s) dated 7 Oct 1949
Vasily Chuikov, Otto Grotewohl, and Johannes Dieckmann at the founding of East Germany, Berlin, 7 Oct 1949General Vasily Chuikov and Ambassador Vladmir Semyonov at the founding of East Germany, Berlin, 7 Oct 1949, photo 1 of 5General Vasily Chuikov at the founding of East Germany, Berlin, 7 Oct 1949Otto Grotewhol, Luitpold Steidle, and Vasily Chuikov at the founding of East Germany, Berlin, 7 Oct 1949
See all photos dated 7 Oct 1949
11 Nov 1949

Photo(s) dated 11 Nov 1949
Vasily Chuikov and Alexander Kotikov, Berlin, East Germany, 11 Nov 1949, photo 1 of 2Vasily Chuikov and Alexander Kotikov, Berlin, East Germany, 11 Nov 1949, photo 2 of 2Vasily Chuikov, Hermann Kastner, and Otoo Grotewohl in Berlin, East Germany, 11 Nov 1949
23 Mar 1950

Photo(s) dated 23 Mar 1950
Ruins of Hotel Adlon and surroundings on Unter den Linden, Berlin, Germany, 23 Mar 1950
3 Jan 1951

Photo(s) dated 3 Jan 1951
General Vasily Chukov (left) and Ambassador Vladmir Semyonov (background) with President Wilhelm Pieck (right), Berlin, East Germany, 3 Jan 1951
7 Oct 1954

Photo(s) dated 7 Oct 1954
Hermann Matern, Otto Grotewohl, Vyacheslav Molotov, and Walter Ulbricht at the Soviet War Memorial, Berlin-Treptow, East Germany, 7 Oct 1954
26 Sep 1955

Germany
  • Erich Raeder was released from Spandau Prison in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Erich Raeder | Berlin | CPC]
19 Aug 1958

Germany
  • Artur Axmann was fined 35,000 German Marks by a court in West Berlin, Germany for indoctrinating German boys with Nazi Party ideology. ww2dbase [Artur Axmann | Berlin | CPC]
17 Dec 1963

Germany
  • In Germany, West Berlin citizens were allowed to visit East Berlin for the first time in more than two years. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
7 Oct 1979

Photo(s) dated 7 Oct 1979
Erich Honecker, Leonid Brezhnev, and Vasily Chuikov at East German
3 Oct 1990

Germany
4 Oct 1990

Germany
24 Oct 1996

Germany

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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