The defense Ministry has published archival photos about the meeting of allies on the Elbe

the Russian defense Ministry unveiled a selection of photographs taken in April 1945 during a meeting of Soviet and American troops on the Elbe river in Germany. The meeting took place in the days when Berlin was still fighting with the Nazis.

the Historic meeting of the advanced units of the allied armies of the United States and the Soviet Union took place on 25 April 1945 at the river Elbe. A meeting of the commanders of the two armies was held in the German cities of Torgau and Mannheim, where stood the headquarters of the Soviet 1st Ukrainian front and the American 12th army group.

the 1st Ukrainian front commanded by Marshal Ivan Konev. The commander of U.S. 12th army group was General Omar Bradley.

During a meeting of military commanders to Marshal Konev was awarded the American medal of Honor. The award was presented by General Bradley. Award document signed by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.

military leaders exchanged gifts. Konev gave us General: war horse. In response, Bradley gave Konev American military vehicle “Villis”.

During another meeting of the Soviet General Aleksei Zhadov gave the allies a memorable album with the medal “For defense of Stalingrad”. The gift symbolized the victory of the Soviet troops and was presented as “evidence of our good feelings and sincere respect for the soldiers and officers of the American army”, later recalled the General.