During the final months of World War II, Russia raced to capture Berlin. This archive footage captures Stalin's Soviet troops fighting to enter the city to marching German POWs through the streets.
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Cataloguer's Note: Film is a little grainy but the images are great and very important - MD.
Unused / unissued material -
Russian voice overed newsreel.
CU Sign: Berlin, Germany with Russian tanks in background.
Var. very good shots of Russians / Soviets involved in fierce fighting for Berlin. Troops are seen to enter Reichstag and raise red flag from balcony.
Officer reads speech from Stalin to soldiers. Soldiers stick picture of Joseph Stalin to small artillery piece.
More shots of Russian troops advancing.
MS German sign daubed on wall "No Surrender" pan up to show white flags flying from buildings.
VS German prisoners of war (POWs) being marched through Berlin streets.
VS of Russian soldiers posing in front of Berlin landmarks and on tanks.
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