Nürnberg was pragmatically chosen for annual Nazi rallies because it was centrally located in Germany, and had ample space for large demonstrations.   Rallies were held from 1927 to 1939, staged as elaborate propaganda events, and were attended by as many as 700,000 Nazi Party supporters.  During a five-day battle in 1945, Nürnberg was jointly invaded by US, UK, French and Canadian Forces.  After heavy casualties and bombings, the American flag was hoisted at Adolf Hitler Platz, formally ending the battle.  Ten days later, Hitler and his wife committed suicide.