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Russian and American troops link up on the banks of the River Elbe.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 49992

Russian and American troops link up on the banks of the River Elbe.

Original caption reads:
A linkup between the First U.S. Army and the Russian First Ukrainian Army was made on the Elbe River at the town of Torgau, approximately 60 miles south of Berlin, at 4:40 P.M. April 25, 1945. The historic joining was effected by patrols of the 273rd Infantry Regiment of the 69th Division of General Courtney Hodges' First U.S. Army and infantrymen of the 173rd Regiment of the 58th Guards Division of Marshal Ivan Stopanovich Koniev's First Ukrainian Army. A U.S patrol of four men met Russian infantrymen and brought back four Russian officers to 69th Division headquarters. The following day, April 26, formal meetings were held between the high Soviet and U.S. officers near the Elbe at Torgau. To faciliitate the linkup and to more clearly mark the area held by the First U.S. Army. General Hodges' troops advance to the line of the Huldo River, where they awaited the Red Army forces. The choice of such an easily recognized natural feature eliminated the chances of tragic cases of mistaken identity by either of the allies.

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: Russian and American soldiers rest on the banks of the Elbe following the historic linkup."

George Greb
1945 April 25
Torgau, [Saxony] Germany
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Eaton
Record last modified: 2019-12-23 00:00:00
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