April 26, 1945. Berlin is almost totally surrounded. The Soviets are pouring into the city. Small squads of German soldiers and Hitler Youth, often operating in groups of two or four, vainly attempt to stem the Russian tide. They fail, but they kill many in their downfall. This is the story.
This episode is part seven of an ongoing series. You can find parts one through six at the following links: episode six, episode five, episode four, episode three, episode two, and episode one.
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