Seelow Things to Do
On display outside the museum are number of military hardware pieces from the battle. This includes a T34 tank, artillery pieces, rocket launching vehicle and a search light used in the battle.
At the base of the memorial figure are a number of graves of Soviet soldiers. At the entrance to the memorial are 2 small obelisks. The one on the left the inscription reads 1941’ You have made the home famous’. The one on the right reads 1945 ‘The home will not forget you’.
As you stand on the Seelow Heights you can see the problems the Soviet forces were going to encounter. The Seelow Heights stand about 100 metres above the countryside to the east. The incline is to sharp for a tank to climb up. The defenders had clear sight of the flat countryside and could easily knock out any approaching tanks and infantry. The battle was over within 3 days with shear weight of numbers and by outflanking the Heights. Once the battle was over there was nothing to stop the Soviet forces reaching Berlin and the war was over within 3 weeks. The cost in lives given at the time was 12,000 for the Germans, 33,000 for the Soviets and 5,000 for the Poles. It is now estimated that the battle may have cost 150,000 casualties and not the previous figures.Related to:
- Historical Travel
From Berlin I caught the NE26 train from Lichtenberg to Seelow-Gusow. The journey takes about 50 minutes on a modern diesel train. The whole train crew were in a good mood smiling and joking. To top it off I got a free biscuit from one of the ticket inspectors. The train is also used by day trippers to Poland. On arrival at Seelow-Gusow station the #958 bus was waiting to take passengers to the main town of Seelow. On route I mentioned the museum and the driver stopped at the main town crossroad and let me off pointing to the left and the road to the museum.
For the return journey it was just the reverse catching the #958 from the Busbahnoff in Seelow to the railway station and then the train to Berlin.