Berlin battleground- 70 years later

Some 70 years after the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov that depicted his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, and chose to use black and white film to capture images of the same locations he discovered in modern-day Berlin.--By Reuters
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Russian soldiers next to their cannons at August Street or Rosenthaler Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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Russian soldiers taking position in front of a burning building at Frankfurter Allee in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (L) and at the same location (R) on April 19, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (L), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
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Russian soldiers took aim on top of the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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Russians soldiers stand next to a sign at an entrance of the Neue Reichskanzlei (New Reich Chancellery), the Chancellery of Adolf Hitler at Voss Street, in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (L) and at the same location (R), showing a window of a kindergarden, April 20, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (L), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
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A Russian army vehicle next to the Neue Reichskanzlei (New Reich Chancellery), the Chancellery of Adolf Hitler at Voss Street, in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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Russian soldiers in front of the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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Russian soldiers in front of the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 18, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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Russian army vehicle at Gruenberger Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 19, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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Russian soldiers next to a cannon at August Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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People walk on Borsig Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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Russian soldiers in front of the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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A Russian armoured vehicle at Ritter Street or Alexandrinen Street in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 21, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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Russian tanks at Proskauer Street or Frankfurter Allee in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin (top) and at the same location (bottom) April 20, 2015. (Georgiy Samsonov (top), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters (bottom))
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