➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ On 2 May 1945, the battle for #Berlin ended after the #Soviet army took the city and General Weidling surrendered. The battle had begun on 16 April and had cost the lives of 81,116 Russians, dead or missing and between 92,000 and 100,000 Germans.
Inside the Berlin defence area itself, 22,000 Civilians had died during the fighting.
Whilst sporadic resistance continued for a few days after the end of the battle due to some diehard SS units fighting on, the main battle for Berlin was over.
The war would last another five days before the official German surrender. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖. This photo was taken outside Berlin Cathedral after the battle and a British Mark V tank from the First World War can be seen on the left.
There are numerous photos showing two British WW1 era tanks outside the cathedral. Sources have suggested that they were captured during the Russian Civil War and had previously belonged to White Russians, supplied by the British.