US-Russia remembers historic Elbe meeting
By Monitoring DeskSunday – April 26, 2020
According to official statements, 75 years ago, on April 25, 1945, at 13:30 Moscow time, near the German City of Torgau, there was a meeting of the troops of the first Ukrainian front and the 69th infantry division of the first American army.
The event went down in history as the meeting on the Elbe.
It was attended by soldiers of lieutenant Grigory Goloborodko’s company and lieutenant Albert Kotzebue’s recon group.
The meeting of two powerful armies divided the territory of Hitler’s Germany in half and thus contributed to the speedy end of the second world war.
The meeting on the Elbe is remarkable not only from the historical point of view, but also from the diplomatic point of view.
On this day, representatives of the two countries, very far from each other, in a burst of sincere feelings, made a solemn promise to do everything possible to prevent a new war.
April 25, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between Soviet and American soldiers, who shook hands on the damaged bridge over the Elbe River.
This event heralded the decisive defeat of the oppressive Nazi regime.
The meeting on the Elbe represented a culmination of tremendous efforts by the many countries and peoples that joined forces under the framework of the united nations (UN) declaration of 1942.
This common struggle required enormous sacrifice by millions of soldiers, sailors, and citizens in multiple theatres of war.
We also recognise the contributions from millions of men and women on the home front, who forged vast quantities of war materials for use around the world.
Workers and manufacturers played a crucial role in supplying the allied forces with the tools necessary for victory.
The “Spirit of the Elbe” is an example of how countries can put aside differences, build trust, and cooperate in pursuit of a greater cause.
As we work today to confront the most important challenges of the 21 century, we pay tribute to the valour and courage of all those who fought together to defeat fascism.
Their heroic feat will never be forgotten.