Elbe Day

Elbe Day

Elbe Day is the day the Soviets and Americans met at the Elbe River, near Torgau in Germany. The Soviets advanced from the East and the Americans advanced from the West. This divided Germany in two. It marked an important step toward the end of World War II in Europe.


The Americans, British, and Soviets released statements at the same time. They stated their commitment to destroying the Third Reich.


The two countries arranged to photograph an official handshake. American, William Robertson and Soviet, Alexander Silvashko’s shook hands. Today it’s called the “Handshake of Torgau.” This serves as a symbol of a hard-fought victory over the Germans.

Torgau, Germany // Wolkenkratzer // CC 3.0

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