The City of Küstrin
is located next to the river Oder. This town has a long history. It is
said that Fredrich II boyfriend was excecuted in the Schloss courtyard
Today it is a part of Poland, but until 1945 it was one of the cities
located along highway 1 going to Königsberg. In 1945 most of the
towns in eastern germany was turned into fortresses and so was Küstrin.
Since the town was heavely fortified the Russians decided to cross the
river north and south of Küstrin. But it was only a matter of time
before the final battle of the town could begin. Küstrin was afterall
know as the key to Berlin. The fighting was very severe and left many
casualties. The only that remains today is the house foundings. Below
you can see some pictures from the area.
Source: Antony Beevors
Oder, with Germany in the background
This what is left of the Schloss
The Schloss again. This photo is taken from the old square
And this is how it used to look like
Another picture at the Church
A then and now picture from one of the gates to Küstrin.
Traces from the battle
One of the streets, with the main wall in the background
The Russian memorial
One of the Russian soldier that died during the battle. Age 19, 1926-1945
And some of his comrades