The major goal at the time was completing the victory of the war.
yes and that includes everything being alright for the people (civilians) and not just he Military personnel.
I think that view is overly simplistic and doesn't take in to account all the complexities of the situation.
well it can't be that overly simplistic because Winston Churchill knew exactly what was going to happen and even warned the fellow allied leaders about what Stalin and the Soviet Union would do when the got to the heart of Berlin and collapsed the Nazi German war machine.
my point is the Weather saved the Russians from being overrun by the German war machine. That is my point, everybody knows that without the weather the Soviet Union would have been mostly in German hands. I do understand how well the Russian's faught to save their motherland but they were aided a lot by the winters.
the "russians" right after the horrendous crimes commited by the germans all through the soviet union and border states.
i agree that the Russian's deserved their crack, however you forget the war crimes committed by the Russian's on their own people, did they answer for that??? :)
the soviet union did more damage to its people than the germans
of course i didn't mean it literally, it was just to emphasize my point about what the Soviets did to their own soldiers and people.
Down too Roosvelt,lol, no,Roosvelt saw the only real power in the area at the time was the soviet union
don't make excuses for him, he made a mistake :) The soviets were considering turning against the other so called allies. Roosvelt should of combined together with other allied nations and put political pressure on the Soviet Union to hold back and start behaving in a more humanitarian way.
Eisenhower whos saw no gain in expending American lives on capturing what he saw as purly a symbolic landmark.
me, you and history agree here :)
Nobody desputes large amounts of rapes and lootings took place in berlin and other parts of germany( as a side also in poland but im not dealing with that crime here) the german armies did exactly the same all through the soviet union for the four previous years
all the more reason not to do it, do you want to be as bad as the fascists??? :):)
the only difference being that while most of the haus frau's are still here to tell ofthe horrible events the germans rather more efficiently tended to round up their victims and burn them in pits
agreed here, however as i said before a lot of people died due to lack of resources such as food and water as well as Stalin executing people here there and everywhere.