The great Patriotic War lasted 1418 days and nights, too, and every hour, every minute of the time were for the whole country and for each person terrible and cruel ordeal. The way to Victory was long and difficult, and come to it only became possible thanks to the heroism, courage and skill of the Soviet soldiers and officers, the courage of the partisans and underground fighters, every day risked life in the rear of the enemy; feats of the workers of the rear, day and night standing by the machines, and worked in the fields of the country, to ensure that the front of ammunition and food.
Also contributing were allies - the countries that were members of the anti- Hitler coalition, and participants of the anti-fascist movement in different countries. Before he was taken Berlin, and the fascist commanders signed a surrender, Soviet troops fought on the Oder and Neisse - rivers, through which it was necessary to cross, before we approach the German capital. German command concentrated on the outskirts of the city a huge force, and the Berlin turned into an impregnable fortified area, building defensive rings and many large firing points.
More than 200 thousandth garrison was in the city, however, change the outcome of this war was impossible. Fighting for the Reichstag started on 29 April, and the next day they all saw above him the Banner of Victory. The German command decided to start negotiations for an armistice, but this could not be and speeches - it was only about surrender, full and unconditional. Otherwise, the Soviet army was ordered to open fire, and deal a devastating blow to the remnants of the defense of Berlin, which was done, since the requirement of the capitulation of the German command was rejected
The storming of Berlin city centre and the fight for the Imperial Chancellery went on through the night from the 1st to the 2nd of may, and by the morning of resistance to the Nazis was broken down. The next night the Germans reported on the radio about the cessation of hostilities, and a day on the 2nd of may the Berlin garrison surrendered. The act of capitulation of fascist Germany was signed on the night of the 7th of may: first, it was signed by General Jodl and Admiral frideburg is passing, and the next day field - Marshal Keitel and other representatives of the German command.
It was signed in Reims, and the government of the allied countries - the USSR, the United Kingdom and the United States, agreed to consider its preliminary, but in the West it is this procedure is considered to be the procedure of surrender - final and unconditional. During the Berlin operation, the Red Army was carrying a huge loss, but Berlin was taken, and the most terrible in the history of mankind the war is over - the complete Victory.