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Eisenhower Archives – Valahian Journal of Historical Studies
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Eisenhower

Military Operations with Strategic Impact. The Battle of Berlin (April – May 1945)


Language: English
Subject(s): History
Page Range: 58-73
No. of Pages: 16
Keywords: , , , , , , , , ,
Summary/Abstract: Throughout the entirety of military operations carried out during the Second World War, the Battle of Berlin (April 16 – May 2, 1945) provided a special meaning for all combatants: for the United Nations (Western Allies and the Soviet Union) it was the ultimate price for a costly and, until then, highly desired victory, while for the German Reich, it marked the end of an illusion. Furthermore, the conquest of Berlin, despite the inter-ally agreements regarding the postwar management of the German territory, could influence a behavioral review from one or several of the Allies. The capture of a bridge across the Rhine, in Remagen, on March 7, 1945, by the soldiers of the 9th American Tank Division, caused a poignant response within the Soviet General Headquarters (STAVKA) and amplified the concerns of generalissimo Stalin regarding the honesty of Western Allies. The manner in which the Red Army decided to take Berlin, as well as its temporary abandonment by the Western Allies, represents one of the most distressing episodes of inter-allied history and, furthermore, it would alter the evolution of relations between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union in the perspective of what was to be the Cold War.
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