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Soviet and US Troops Meet at Torgau

Russian and US First Army soldiers, carrying their respective flags, advance together following their historic link-up at the Elbe River, east of Torgau, Germany.

Russian and US First Army soldiers, carrying their respective flags, advance together following their historic link-up at the Elbe River, east of Torgau, Germany. —National Archives and Records Administration, College Park

April 25, 1945

Soviet and American troops meet at Torgau, Germany.

From their bridgehead across the Oder River, Soviet forces launched a massive final offensive toward Berlin in mid-April 1945. The German capital was encircled on April 25. That same day, Soviet forces linked up with their American counterparts attacking from the west at Torgau, on the Elbe River in central Germany. In Berlin itself, heavy fighting took place in the northern and southern suburbs of the city. As Soviet forces neared his command bunker in central Berlin on April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. Within days, Berlin fell to the Soviets. The German armed forces surrendered unconditionally in the west on May 7 and in the east on May 9, 1945. May 8, 1945, was proclaimed Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day).

Maj. Gen. Clarence R. Huebner, CG of the V Corps, and Russian Maj. Gen. Pusacof, 58th Inf. Div. , Russian Army , with their staffs, cross the Elbe River for a conference with the CG of the Russian 34th Corps

Maj. Gen. Clarence R. Huebner, CG of the V Corps, and Russian Maj. Gen. Pusacof, 58th Inf. Div. , Russian Army , with their staffs, cross the Elbe River for a conference with the CG of the Russian 34th Corps —National Archives and Records Administration, College Park

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