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April 25, 1945. This is factual day of World War II ending. In this day American and Soviet troops (that was at war against the common enemy) were meeting at the River Elbe, nearby Torgau, Germany. It marked one of the important steps toward the end of the war. Contact between the Red Army, advancing from the East and North, and the Americans, furthered from the West and South, meant that the two powers had efficaciously cut Nazis Germany in two parts.
The first communication between USA and Red Army soldiers occurred near village Strehla, after First Lieutenant A. Kotzebue, crossed the River Elbe in a boat with three men of a reconnoitering group. On the east bank they met forward elements of a Russian Guards of the First Ukrainian Front. The same day, another patrol under Second Lieutenant W. Robertson, F. Huff, J. McDonnell and P. Staub encountered a Red Army patrol commanded by Lieutenant A. Silvashko on the blown up Elbe bridge nearby Torgau.
Also exists some alternative versions about those historical meeting. Nevertheless, it was a holiday of victory for both armies, and for everybody who struggled against Fascists. Nowadays we know very interesting fact about this historical encountering of two civilizations. Before meeting with the Red Army troops American soldiers were given 50 grams of sunflower oil to got drunk slower!
Elbe Day has never been an official holiday in the world, but in the years after this event the memory of this amicable encounter obtained new meaning in the context of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the USA (so-called “Caribbean crisis”).