As you approach the Zhukov bunker you will notice some strange depressions on the ground in the forest. The depressions indicate trenches and foxholes, testament to the greatest battle of the Second World War on German soil. The report by Gerhard Tillery describes how a 19-year-old experienced the battles at Reitwein on the plain north of the spur: "We were stationed across the forest. There was no continuous trench system, rather, there was a foxhole every 12 to 15 metres. The Russians were about 30 to 40 metres away from us. There was a stream about 8 metres wide, the Alte Oder stream, on the left of the company section. There was a railway embankment on our right, the border. We were on one side, and the Russians on the other. This is where the commander put me first. My hair stood on end. [...] Were were only allowed to talk in whispers. We heard every sound the Russians made, we clearly heard every word spoken aloud. Hand grenades were thrown back and forth day and night." (excerpt from "Kriegsereignisse in Reitwein und Umgebung" (wartime events in Reitwein and surroundings).The Zhukov bunker was built in March 1945 as an advance command post of the commander of the 8th Guard Army, Colonel General Chuikov. The bunker is named, however, after Marshal Zhukov (or "Shukow" in the German transliteration) , commander of the 1st Belorussian Front, who commanded the Battle of Seelow Heights from here and who three weeks later accepted the unconditional surrender in Berlin of the German Wehrmacht forces.