German troops surrendering to Americans at Tangermunde, Germany, at the end of World War 2. German soldiers place their rifles onto a heap as they clamber through debris of a damaged bridge, crossing from Soviet-occupied area on the East side of the Elbe River, to surrender to Americans on the West bank, in Tangermunde, Germany. View of a huge stack of German army rifles. German soldiers walking across the partially destroyed bridge, that can only handle a single line of pedestrians. On the West bank, a solitary Soviet soldier has taken it upon himself, to curse and kick at German soldiers, as they pass where he is standing. Many of the German soldiers, avoid his kicks. None really pay any attention to him, as they hurry past. U.S. soldiers nearby pay little attention to his pranks. A sign nearby reads: "Das Verdanken wir unserem Fuhrer 405th Infantry." Smoke rises from the East bank. Scene shifts to more German soldiers, stacking arms on the pile of rifles, as they walk onto the bridge. Back on the West bank, the Russian soldier continues his antics.
The Battle of Tangermunde in Germany during World War II. An aerial view of Tangermunde and its surrounding areas. Derailed trains and railway tracks. A large crowd gathers around. German prisoners walk on a road.
The Battle of Tangermunde in Germany during World War II. German civilians walk along the damaged Tangermunde Bridge. Civilians walk with their children. Wounded German officers and soldiers walk along the bridge. A poster reads '405th Infantry'.
The Battle of Tangermunde in Germany during World War II. Damaged Tangermunde Bridge. A German officer in his amphibious car in the Elbe River. German and United States officers across the bridge. A soldier helps German civilians on the bridge. German officers and soldiers walk along the bridge.
The Battle of Tangermunde in Germany during World War II. Damaged Tangermunde Bridge. German officers on the bridge. German civilians walk along the damaged bridge. A woman carries her baby and others lift their luggage.
The Battle of Tangermunde in Germany during World War II. A board reads 'American 102th Division greets the fighters of Russia'. German soldiers and civilians walk along the Tangermunde Bridge.