- Haunting images reveal inside Hitler's Führerbunker in Berlin, Germany
- Photographer William Vandivert given access to hideaway in 1945
- Extraordinary series of images were then published in Life Magazine
- Pictures show piles of debris, old documents and blood-stained furniture
- Hilter and wife Eva Braun killed themselves in the bunker on April 30 1945
The couple lived the last few months of their lives together in the Führerbunker - with Hitler controlling his failing military operation from the base.
They are even thought to have wed in the hideaway the day before their suicide.
These extraordinary pictures reveal inside Hitler's bunker. This room is thought to have been the Fuhrer's command center conference room - which was partially burned out by SS troops and stripped of evidence by invading Russians in 1945
A ripped, blood stained and burnt sofa inside the bunker - which was located under the Reichschancellery building in the heart of Berlin. Hitler lived in the Führerbunker with Braun for the last months of the war
Debris lies scatted on a make-shift desk near to the sofa. Photographer William Vandivert was the first western man to gain access to the disturbing bunker two weeks after Hitler's death
War correspondents examine the arm of a sofa stained with blood - which could have belonged to Hitler
Two weeks after their death and the subsequent fall of Berlin, William Vandivert became the first western man to photograph the so-called 'shelter for the leader' - with this collection of images published shortly afterwards in Life Magazine.
Also published were a selection of photographs capturing a city destroyed by the Second World War.
In one of Vandiver's eerie shots, ripped pictures can be seen hanging an odd angles on the walls, while piles of broken furniture lays scattered around the room.
In another, a moldy SS officer's hat lies abandoned on the floor.
Ripped documents line the bottom of a large container near to a desk. The series of images were published in Life Magazine in July 1945
A Russian soldier stands amid rubble - next to the ripped and burnt sofa in one room of the hideaway
A ruined, empty safe with doors burned off stands at the foot of a bed. In his photographer's notes, Vandivert wrote: 'Hitler sat in middle and fell forward, did not bleed on sofa. This is in Hitler's sitting room'
A 16th-century painting of a woman, which is thought to have been taken from a Milan museum, was also discovered.
Soviet, American and Soviet Royal Air Force crafts dropped hundreds of bombs in about 350 air strikes on Berlin between 1940 and 1945 - leaving countless civilians dead.
A Nazi SS officers cap with its trademark death skull on the floor next to a cupboard in the Fuhrerbunker
A 16th-century painting looted from a museum in Milan sits among debris in another room of the bunker
More books and pieces of paper lay scattered across shelves and a table. The photographer also documented a war-torn Berlin, noting how hundreds of buildings in the city had been destroyed by bombs
The photographer added in his notes: 'Found almost every famous building [in Berlin] a shambles. In the center of town GIs could walk for blocks and see no living thing, hear nothing but the stillness of death, smell nothing but the stench of death.'
Russian and German troops fought for control of Berlin in the spring of 1945 - six years after the start of the war in 1939.
By that point, Hitler's grip on Europe had almost entirely slipped and it was evident the Allies would go on to win the conflict. As Allied men fought over Berlin, Hitler and his wife killed themselves.
His men then carried the couple's remains upstairs and out through the emergency exit before covering them in petrol and setting the two bodies alright.
Empty gas jerrycans used by SS Troops when ordered to burn the bodies of Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun