In Clint Eastwood’s film,The 15:17 to Paris, there is a scene where the three Americans are in a Berlin museum. The tour guide tells them that Adolf Hitler killed himself in Berlin surrounded by the Soviets, and the three are quite surprised – they thought it was the U.S. Army that had surrounded Hitler. “You Americans can’t take the credit every time evil is defeated!” the guidereplies, and he’s right. The U.S., as well Britain and other Allied nations invested much in defeating Nazism, but it was the Red Army who captured Berlin and caused Hitler’s suicide. Here is how it happened. Underground fortress The Führerbunker near the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Getty Images In early spring 1945, Hitler faced a dire situation with the Soviets closing in on Germany’s capital from the east, and U.S.-British forces advancing from the west. The net was closing, but the ruthless Nazi leader didn’t want to … [Read more...] about Why did the Red Army fail to capture Hitler in his bunker?
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Donald Trump is set to visit the underground bunker from which Winston Churchill masterminded the defeat of Nazi Germany when the US President visits Britain in July. Mr Trump's visit to Britain is likely to combine his interests in Winston Churchill and golf, and could also see him have tea with the Queen. The President’s itinerary is now being prepared and it is understood that a trip to the Churchill War Rooms, in London, is one of the options under consideration. He is then likely to take on a sportsman at golf in Scotland. The President will arrive in the UK on the Thursday July 12, and attend a dinner that evening, followed by talks with politicians on Friday and other engagements, including... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and Brexit Register Log in … [Read more...] about Donald Trump to visit bunker where Winston Churchill masterminded the defeat of Nazi Germany
PUBLISHED: 08:01 07 April 2018 Andrew Clarke Bruno Ganz plays Hitler during his last days. Downfall is Germany's first film to deal with the legacy of Adolf Hitler. Photo: Momentum Pictures Archant Films with re-watch value, movies with a unique quality, will become the classics of the future. Arts editor Andrew Clarke presents a series of idiosyncratic suggestions for movies that may entertain if you are in the mood for something different. Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara) escapes Hitler's bunker disguised as a prisoner of war. Downfall is Germany's first film to deal with the legacy of Adolf Hitler. Photo: Momentum Pictures Downfall; dir: Oliver Hirschbiegel; starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler, Thomas Kretschmann, Ulrich Matthes, Corinna Harfouch. Cert: 15 (2005) A couple of weeks ago this film guide highlighted the movie Bon Voyage which looked at the French view of the wartime Vichy government, with Downfall we see how the Germans now view … [Read more...] about An Alternative Guide to Great Movies: Downfall (2005)
The entrance to the bunker at Gare de L'Est train station. AFP It lies hidden deep beneath Paris's bustling Gare de l'Est railway station, its sprawling subterranean rooms and sparse furniture pristinely preserved if a little dusty. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. French railway historian Clive Lamming said its 1939 overhaul was to provide "a place to retreat in case of an air attack" so staff could keep the trains running east towards Germany. Leading this AFP reporter through a concrete air lock and heavy door to the shelter, he said: "The concern was gas." "We remembered World War I -- a perfectly airtight place was needed," he added. With its three-metre (10-foot) thick concrete ceiling, it was designed for about 70 people to be able to take refuge in the small rooms of the 120-square-metre (1,300-square-foot) shelter. But, in the … [Read more...] about Preserved in time: WWII bunker hidden under Paris train station
The underground bunker was built a few years before World War II for luggage storage 0SHARES Share Tweet Email A trap door on the train platform at Gare de l'Est station in central Paris leads down into a bunker from World War II. PHOTO:AFP PARIS: It lies hidden deep beneath Paris’s bustling Gare de l’Est railway station, its sprawling subterranean rooms and sparse furniture pristinely preserved if a little dusty. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. French railway historian Clive Lamming said its 1939 overhaul was to provide “a place to retreat in case of an air attack” so staff could keep the trains running east towards Germany. French railway historian Clive Lamming says the bunker was overhauled in 1939 to provide shelter for rail workers in case of an air attack. PHOTO: AFP Leading this AFP reporter through a concrete air lock and … [Read more...] about WWII bunker hidden under Paris train station