Today in History: Hitler retreats to his bunker

BY MATTHEW COLLINS - JANUARY 16, 2015

On the 16th of January 1945, Adolf Hitler headed down to his underground "Fuhrerbunker", in Berlin, where he would remain until he ended his life.

With the Red Army approaching Berlin from the east with an unstoppable momentum, and the Allies closing in on the “Vaterland” (Fatherland) from the west, Hitler would be driven into his personal bunker, along with various other officials.

In the midst of fears around the end of German National Socialism, otherwise known as Nazism, surrender was not an option for the German leader. In late April, the Red Army would reach outer-Berlin and, only a few days later, Hitler would marry his mistress, Eva Braun, within the confides of the bunker before committing suicide.

Both Hitler and Braun took cyanide, with Hitler shooting himself directly after biting into the capsule. Even Hitler’s Alsatian, “Blondi”, was killed with cyanide.

Afterwards, their bodies were drenched in petrol and set alight.

 

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