German infantry cross bridge at Tangermunde, to surrender to U.S. forces on West bank of the Elbe River at end of World War II
Tangermunde Germany Date:1945, May 10 Duration:1 min 8 sec Sound:NO SOUND
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.
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