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As the Red Army relentlessly drove the Ostheer on the eastern front back towards the borders of the Reich, everything was thrown into the fighting, including these young Estonian Waffen-SS volunteers – most would not survive.
VE Day Through German Eyes...
Remarkable rarely seen photos that chart the final months of World War Two through despondent German eyes have come to light 75 years later.
There are images of beleaguered German POWs marching to their surrender and what may be one of the last photos of Hitler alive.
The Fuhrer can be seen shaking hands with members of the Hitler Youth in late April 1945, days before he committed suicide in his bunker.
Other harrowing images show the devastation of the Allied bombing raids as German cities were turned to rubble.
They are published in historian Jonathan Trigg's new book, To VE Day Through German Eyes.