Almost 70 years after the fall of the Third Reich, photos of the underground bunker out of which Adolf Hitler ruled over Nazi Germany in his final months of life have been uploaded to the web.
The photos, posted on Life magazine's website, show the "Fuhrer-Bunker" - the underground hideout in which Hitler and lover Eva Braun ended their lives following the fall of Berlin, on April 30, 1945.
Historians believe Hitler and Braun even married in the bunker, a day before they took their own lives. While Hitler is believed to have ended his life by shooting himself in the head, Braun is believed to have swallowed a cyanide pill.
Two weeks after Hitler and Braun's death, William Vandivert became the first western photographer to take pictures of "the leader's shelter."
The photos of the bunker were published shortly thereafter in Life magazine, alongside a collection of photos that showed Berlin's destruction after the war.
An abandoned SS officer's hat (Photo: GettyImages) The destruction in Hitler's bunker (Photo: GettyImages) A pile of books over a safe that was broken open (Photo: GettyImages)
Documents left behind (Photo: GettyImages) 'Notice the blood stains on the sofa' (Photo: GettyImages) Two weeks after his suicide, in Hitler's bunker (Photo: GettyImages) Hitler and mistress Eva Braun spent the last few months of their lives in this bunker (Photo: GettyImages) The outside of Hitler's hideout (Photo: GettyImages) In one of Vandivert's photos, broken picture frames are seen alongside broken furniture. In another, the photographer focused on an SS officer's hat that remained on the floor. Another photo shows piles of documents and heavy books atop a broken safe. A woman's painting from the 16th century, likely looted from a museum in Milan, was also discovered.
Alongside the photos, the British photographer made notes for his editors in New York. "Pix of (correspondents) looking at sofa where Hitler and Eva shot themselves," he wrote on one of his photos, before he knew Braun ended her life with a cyanide pill. "Note bloodstains on arm of soaf (sic) where Eva bled. She was seated at far end ... Hitler sat in middle and fell forward, did not bleed on sofa."