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The flak towers had also been designed with the idea of using the above-ground bunkers as a civilian shelter, with room for 10, civilians and a hospital ward inside. The towers, during the fall of Berlin , formed their own communities, with up to 30, Berliners taking refuge in one tower during the battle. These towers, much like the keeps of medieval castles, were some of the safest places in a fought-over city and so the flak towers were some of the last places to surrender to the Red Army, eventually being forced to capitulate as supplies dwindled.
Soviet forces generally manoeuvred around the towers, and eventually sent in envoys to seek their surrender. Unlike much of Berlin, the towers tended to be fully stocked with ammunition and supplies, and the defenders used 2 cm Flak cannon to defend against assault by ground units [ dubious — discuss ].
The Zoo Tower was one of the last points of defence, with German armoured units rallying near it at Tiergarten , before trying to break out of the encircling Soviet Red Army. After the war, the demolition of the towers was often considered not feasible and many remain to this day, with some having been converted for alternate use. The evaluation of even larger Battery Towers was commissioned by Adolf Hitler.
These would have been three times the size and firepower of flak towers. Both towers were covered over and now appear to be natural hills in Volkspark Friedrichshain. This tower, containing six levels below the rooftop, includes in its design, as part of its air-raid shelter, two identical spaces for protection against gas attacks, one on the first floor above ground level and the other on the second floor.
Both in Tower 1, they are about sq.