Raising a Flag over the Reichstag

Date taken: May 2, 1945
Location: Berlin, Germany

Photographer: Yevgeny Khaldei

Historical Context

Instantly popular, this photograph of soldiers raising the flag of the conquering Soviet Union over the German parliament came to be regarded around the world as one of the most significant and recognizable images of World War II.

The photograph was later significantly altered for propaganda purposes with additional smoke added for dramatic effect and multiple wristwatches were removed from the lower soldier's wrist, as they would imply that he had been looting.

Historical Events

  • 1945-04-16 Red Army begins Battle of Berlin
  • 1945-04-25 Soviet forces complete their encirclement of Berlin, cutting off all access points west of the German capital
  • 1945-04-30 Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin
  • 1945-05-02 World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders

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