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70 Years Since the Battle For Berlin- Now and Then Pictures

Ian Smith

Berlin in May in 1945 saw fierce fighting, it was certainly not the final battle of the World War II but it did bring VE day just that little bit closer. 71 years after the battle, photographer Fabrizio Bensch went back to those iconic sites and took modern day images.

Russian army vehicle at Gruenberger Street
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 19 April 2015

Russian soldiers in front of the Reichstag building
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now photo taken on 18 April 2015

Russian soldiers taking position in front of a burning building at Frankfurter Allee
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 19 April 2015

Russian soldiers next to a cannon at August Street
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 20 April 2015

Russian soldiers took aim on top of the Reichstag
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 20 April 2015

People walk on Borsig Street
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 20 April 2015

Russians soldiers stand next to a sign at an entrance of the Neue Reichskanzlei (New Reich Chancellery), the Chancellery of Adolf Hitler at Voss Street,
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 20 April 2015

Russian soldiers in front of the Reichstag building
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 20 April 2015

A Russian army vehicle next to the Neue Reichskanzlei (New Reich Chancellery), the Chancellery of Adolf Hitler at Voss Street,
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 20 April 2015

A Russian armoured vehicle at Ritter Street or Alexandrinen Street
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 21 April 2015

Russian soldiers in front of the Reichstag building
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 21 April 2015

Russian tanks at Proskauer Street or Frankfurter Allee
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Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 20 April 2015

Russian soldiers next to their cannons at August Street or Rosenthaler Street
The Battle for Berlin and 70 Years Later (1)

Before Photo Taken in May 1945, Now Photo taken On 20 April 2015

Georgiy Samsonov, Fabrizio Bensch