US, Soviet veterans mark anniversary of linkup

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25 April 2005, TORGAU - More than 10,000 people, among them a number of aging US and Soviet war veterans, gathered on Saturday in the town of Torgau to mark the 60th anniversary of when American and Red Army forces met up in the waning days of World War Two.

25 April 2005

TORGAU - More than 10,000 people, among them a number of aging US and Soviet war veterans, gathered on Saturday in the town of Torgau to mark the 60th anniversary of when American and Red Army forces met up in the waning days of World War Two.

The festivities came two days before the anniversary of the 25 April 1945 occasion when the two armies arrived at the town on the Elbe River some 90 kilometres south of the capital Berlin.

Then, US Army soldier William Robertson and Belarussian soldier Alexander Silwaschko shook hands on the badly-damaged bridge crossing the Elbe. Silwaschko was one of the veterans present on Saturday for the festivities in Torgau.

The event went down in history as the first official moment when the US Army and Red Army troops, arriving from different directions, met up to establish a common front against the retreating German Wehrmacht forces.

Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered two weeks later, on 8 May 1945.

DPA

Subject: German news

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