U.S. flag being lowered as bugler sounds and narrator alludes to the death of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, near the end of World War II. American troops and tanks rolling through German cities idenfified by narrator as Madeburg, Nuremberg and Leipsig, at end of the war. U.S. troops cleaning out last vestiges of resistance in street fighting. Numerous German citizens lining sidewalks in city and waving white flags. On April 25, 1945, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant William Robertson with soldiers Frank Huff, James McDonnell and Paul Staub, meet Soviet Lieutenant Alexander Silvashko and several Soviet soldiers on the remnants of the Elbe bridge of Torgau. A U.S. Army Brigadier General mingling with Soviet officers. On April 26,1945, Major General Emil F. Reinhardt Commander of the U.S. 69th Infantry Division, walks with Soviet Major General Ruskovof the Soviet 58th Guards Rifle Division near Torgau. They are accompanied by other U.S. and Soviet officers. U.S. and Soviet officers exchange mutual salutes. U.S. and Soviet soldiers mingle, as a Soviet soldier plays accordian and some drink toasts, smoke cigarettes, and pose together. View of the Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg where a U.S. soldier is seen near the huge Swastika atop the Zeppelin Grandstand. Flashback views of Nazi rally there. Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler and Viktor Lutze at the rally. Three American soldiers walking along the same walkway in the rally grounds. The Swastika atop the grandstand being blown up by American troops.
Invasion of Germany by Allied forces during World War II. German officers surrender. Troops in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Map depicts the capture of Germany by the US, UK, and Soviets. East Meets West: U.S. 69th Infantry division and Russian 58th Guard Division troops under Major General Rusakov meet at the Elbe River in Torgau Germany on April 26, 1945. Soldiers shake hands. Allied tanks fire. Allied troops cross Rhine River on a bridge. British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery at desk. Paper on a wall by roadside reads 'Law No. 5 Dissolution of Nazi Party'. Civilians look at the paper. U.S. official leaves a car and enters a building for conference. Officials at conference table.
Russians and Americans meet in Germany during World War II. American Major-General Emil F. Reinhardt, Commanding General of the 69th Division shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Major-General Vladimir V. Rusakov Commanding Officer of the 58th Guards Division at a meeting of American and Russian troops near the Elbe River and the town of Torgau, Germany in late April, 1945. American and Russian troops stand in formation. US, Russian, and British flags on display.
Russian and American officers and soldiers meet togeher in Torgau, Germany during World War II. Group of Russians and Americans gathered around tank which was driven from Stalingrad. American Major General Emil F. Reinhardt, Commanding General of the U.S. Army 69th Division, seen with his Russian counterpart, Major General Vladimir V. Rusakov, Commanding Officer of the 58th Guards Division near the Elbe River and the town of Torgau, Germany. Rusakov and Reinhardt inspect a tank. Russian and American officers talk. Russian male and female soldiers dance. Russian and American officers, including Rusakov and Reinhardt, and their staffs, watch the dancers.
American, Russian and British soldiers near the Elbe River in Torgau Germany. They stand in front of an "East Meets West" sign on the banks of the river. Generals wait to cross Elbe River. General Reinhardt sits in racing scull. General is rowed across Elbe River in racing scull. General with others disembark on opposite shore of river. Sign "East meets West". GIs of 69th Division shakes hands with Russian Red Army soldier. GIs shake hands with Soviet soldiers. (Note: Opening cameraman slate lists date as 2-24-45, but this event is known to have occurred on April 25 - 26, 1945.)
From a Russian feature film "Meeting on the Elbe" (dubbed in Korean). Reenactment of the "East Meets West" meeting of the American and Russian soldiers at the River Elbe near Torgau Germany on April 25, 1945. Reenactment : A burning house. Smoke rising from the house. Russian troops in tanks move along the road in front of the house. The interiors of the house of a German civilian. The damaged interiors of the house. The German civilian rushes with his baggage. A Russian soldier behind the civilian. The civilian sits in a chair with the baggage. A girl and a boy beside the man sitting in the chair. A man in the room talks to the soldier. The civilian with the woman and the boy beside him. A soldier outside the entrance gate to the house as Russian forces take over the German town.