On April 16th, 1945, Marshal Zhukov began the assault on the Nazi capital of Berlin with overwhelming Soviet forces. By April 25th the city was fully encircled by the Red Army. On the 30th the Reichstag, the house of Hitler's puppet legislature, was captured and the Soviet flag was raised above it. After the news of the end of his 'Thousand Year Reich' Hitler commits suicide, ten days after his 56th birthday. On May 2nd, Berlin surrenders. On May 9th, sixty years ago today, two days after Col. Gen. Jodl signs the unconditional surrender of Germany, and one day after the American's declare their V-E day, the Soviets, in possession of the enemy capital, declare victory over Nazi Germany. After four years and the deaths of some 27 million Soviets, 'the Great Patriotic War' is finally over.