The Battle of Berlin marked the end of World War II. It took place April to May 1945 and claimed about 80,000 Soviet lives. Stalin was in a hurry to take Berlin because he wanted to get to their Nuclear research facility before the Americans arrived in order to find out what the Germans had discovered. The Soviet Nuclear program needed a boost. Because Stalin was in such a hurry, mistakes were made and an enormous amount of Soviet lives were lost.
There are three memorials to the Soviet Troops in Berlin. One is the Tiergarten Memorial near the Brandenberg Gate. It is relatively small and compact and was built in 1945. Another is the Schonholzer Heide in the Pankow district. It was finished in 1949 and covers 30,000 square meters (98,500 sq ft). The third is in the Treptower Park. It opened in 1949 as well and was the main war memorial for East Germany. Five thousand Soviet soldiers are buried there.
We visited on a warm summer day arriving after walking for miles and miles not knowing how far it was. The park was lovely and the memorial was impressive, built to a grand scale.