Saturday, 25 April 2020

able was i, ere i saw elbe

On this day in 1945, we are informed via Miss Cellania, US Forces of the Western Front encountered Soviet Forces of the Eastern Front crossing the Elbe near Torgau—first contact between advancing armies had effectively cut Nazi Germany in two.
After initial meetings of scouting parties, arrangements were made to hold a formal handshake between commanders and soldiers exchanged greetings and gifts. Commemorations for the meeting—Elbe Day (Встреча на Эльбе), have been held annually to lesser or greater fanfare with reunions of participating units and was considered an especially occasion to mark during the antagonism of the Cold War as a sign of cooperation and peace that could overcome geopolitics. More pictures and background at the link above.