Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler met his death 76 years ago today, on April 30, 1945 – bringing World War 2 to a close.
For four months the tyrant had been hiding from the reality of defeat with Eva Braun and other aides while the Soviet Union was rapidly closing in on Berlin.
He had decided to remain in the bunker, which was located 55ft under the Chancellery, for the last great siege of the war.
The shelter contained 18 small rooms, and was fully self-sufficient with water and electricity.
Hitler was eventually warned by officers that the Red Army were only a day or so away from overtaking the Chancellery.
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They urged him to escape to Berchtesgarden, a small town in the Bavarian Alps where Hitler owned a home, but instead he planned his suicide.
40 hours before the double suicide, Hitler and Braun got married.
It is believed he and his new wife both swallowed cyanide capsules, which he had tested first on his beloved dog Blondi.
Late on April 30, the bodies of Hitler, 56, and Braun, 33, were found in the bunker.
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Hitler had also shot himself in the temple with his service pistol.
Their bodies were cremated in the chancellery garden by the bunker survivors, and later recovered by Russian troops.
According to a book called Hitler’s Last Day, he had asked for this to happen in his “political testament”.
He dictated: “I and my wife choose death to escape the shame of deposal and surrender. It is our will that our bodies be burned immediately.”
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The death of Hitler was announced the day after, on May 1.
However, the Soviet Union maintained for years that they didn’t believe he was dead, but had fled and was being shielded.
A German court didn’t officially declare Hitler dead until 1956.
An examination of Hitler’s teeth 70 years after his death found them to be an exact match, reported Deutsche Welle.
“The teeth are authentic, there is no possible doubt. Our study proves that Hitler died in 1945,” said Philippe Charlier, lead author of the study in the study which was published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.
He added: “We can stop all the conspiracy theories about Hitler. He did not flee to Argentina in a submarine, he is not in a hidden base in Antarctica or on the dark side of the moon.”
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