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German Collapse

The inexorable advance of the Allied armies into the heartland of Germany– the Soviet Red Army from the east and the western Allied armies from the West– made the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany inevitable. The campaign of strategic bombing had caused great destruction and the deaths of between 300,000-600,000 people. Hitler ordered that Berlin be defended to the death. Not until a meeting with his generals on 22 April did he finally admit that defeat was inevitable. He declared that he would stay in Berlin until the end, and then commit suicide.