This military tour explores what happened south of Berlin in late April 1945. The German 9th army, surrounded by Soviet soldiers, tried three times to break out. They lost the majority of their soldiers, and their fascinating story will be told in detail.
What to Expect
Learn the fascinating story of the German 9th Army, and their fate in the woods south of Berlin in April of 1945. This historical tour from Berlin will show you a little-known chapter of World War II’s history.
After the Soviet forces had broken through the German lines at Seelow Heights, the beaten 9th Army escaped southwards.
They ended up in the forest southeast of Berlin, bottled up by the Soviets. From here they broke out of the so-called 'Cauldron of Halbe'. Of 50,000 soldiers only 20,000 managed to survive. The dead are buried in Halbe’s nearby cemetery, the biggest German war cemetery that we will see.
The tour then leads us to the woods where from the Germans tried to escape. With detailed maps your expert guide will explain the routes of individual units in their efforts to escape.
After seeing the battleground of the 9th Army the tour leads to several Nazi and Soviet bunkers at Wünsdorf. Here a local guide will give further details.
Later, discover the story of Rahnsdorf and Friedrichshagen, two little villages in the way of the advancing Soviet forces. Hear about how the people ate lunch in a garden and heard the incoming, and how the local doctor rescued most of the town’s citizens.
On the way back to Berlin the guide will give further and very detailed explanations about the Soviet advance to the German capital.
- Guided tour
- Tour of either Soviet or German bunker
What's Not Included
- Entrance to any museum
Know Before You Go
This Tour must be booked at least 14 days in advance!
The tour is impossible without a car. The car we provide has room for a maximum of 16 people. In case your group consists of 4 people or less please let us know. The price will be reduced then because the car needed for smaller group costs less.
There will be approximately 150 miles (240 km) to cover during the day. There is also some walking done outside the car.