10 Interesting Facts On The Race To Berlin
10 Interesting Facts On The Race To Berlin

10 Interesting Facts On The Race To Berlin

Maria - July 20, 2016

2. Slaughter and Surrender

10 Interesting Facts On The Race To Berlin

Throughout history, soldiers have often gone on a rampage causing great harm to innocents on their wake. The end of the Second World War was not marked any differently. With an estimated 200,000 Germans dead and about 150,000 Russian troops dead too during the fall of Berlin, the surviving Soviet soldiers launched a bloodbath across the capital.

The ongoing negotiations for Germany’s surrender did not deter the troops from looting, drinking and taking it out on the innocent city dwellers of the time. Sources estimate that the soldiers raped about 100,000 women, and shot many of them afterward. To escape this fate, 215 women committed suicide in one region alone.

1. Dividing the City

10 Interesting Facts On The Race To Berlin

When the war was finally over, it was time to determine the fate of the fallen city. An earlier agreement at the February Yalta conference had been that the allies would divide the city between them. So the fact that the Soviets had been responsible for the victory over the German capital would not mean it was to be completely theirs. Britain, America, and France soon brought together their respective areas under a common leadership as the West Berlin. This was an island off the western region in the middle of the sea of East Germany controlled by the Soviets.

With Russia having won the first battle in the race to Berlin and bringing World War II to its end, the cold war soon broke out. Berlin would soon start playing a central role in the Cold War. It was also central to the ending of this strategic and ideological conflict between these world superpowers upon the fall of its Wall.

Mikhail Gorbachev came to power and thanks to his introduction of the values of compromise to dilute the initial ideological hard lines taken by his predecessor; the cold war was brought to a conclusive end. Today this event is popularly referred to as the fall of the Berlin Wall; the destroying of the Iron Curtain; or simply as the end of the Cold War.

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