1. Berlin: Reichstag Battlefield Tour
Our journey begins at the meeting point on the southern side of the modern Hauptbahnhof (Main Station). Following a brief introduction to set the scene, we will make our way to the Moltke Bridge. This ornate red sandstone structure became the scene of some of Berlin's most deadly fighting. Here, we will orient ourselves to the Soviet 3rd Shock Army’s axis of advance and discuss the key challenges for both the encroaching Soviets and the German defenders. After making our way across the Moltke Bridge we will reach the then Interior Ministry, nicknamed the “Himmler House” in the old diplomatic quarter. Following a Soviet artillery barrage at point-blank range, we will discuss the horrific room-to-room fighting that occurred here. Continuing to ‘no man’s land,’ we will stand on the former Königsplatz and take stock of the 300m area that the 207th and 150th rifle divisions would have to cross before reaching the Reichstag. As we walk toward the Reichstag, we will discuss Hitler’s final moments in the Führer bunker only a few hundred meters away. Once at the foot of the Reichstag, you will hear the stories of Sergeant Yegorov and Sergeant Kantariya and how they raised special banner No.5 on the roof – signifying the end.