Russian soldiers and 69th Infantry Division Veterans Revisit Torgau for 60th Anniversary Of Linkup
auspicious 60th anniversary of WWII, East Meets West, April 25, 1945, veterans
of American and Soviet Units gathered in Germany, some as guests, others on a
special guided 69th Infantry Division/American Express Tour, to celebrate the
momentious event which signaled the end of the war in Europe, May 9, 1945, known
as VE Day.
The City of Torgau, Germany, played host to Joe Lipsius, Norcross, GA,
suburb of Atlanta, Headquarters 272nd Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division,
WWII, and Edgar A. "Bud" Parsons, Chapel Hill, NC, Company A 272nd
Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division, April 23 -26, during their stay for
its Elbe Day Festivities. On their
arrival to Leipzig, Germany, Joe and "Bud" were met at the airport by
Miss Eleanore Fox of The U. S. Embassy, Leipzig, Germany The Embassy was host to Joe and "Bud" for April
21-22, in Leipzig. After departing
Torgau, April 26, Stefan Eggerdinger and Heinz Klee, of the "The Heaveny
Four," entertained Joe and "Bud" in Berlin,Germany, April 27-28.
Their airfare for the
trip to Germany was assumed by The City of Torgau.
Joe Lipsius is founder and Webmaster of this 69th Infantry Division
He was instrumental in obtaining American soldier's uniform articles, WWII maps, photographs, a 272nd Infantry Regimental history, and other artifacts, as well as copy of a U S Army Signal Corps film on DVD which shows 69th Division combat action for use by the Leipzig and Torgau Museums.
was one of four 69ers who raised money for, and took part in, the design and
construction of the Torgau Memorial and Strehla Memorial Park, both on the
beautful plains of the Elbe River. These Memorials are lasting tribute to the
East Meets West Linkup.
From Soviet Russia, Aliaksandr Silvashka, Leonid Volodarskiy, Grigory Prokopyev, Georgy Kuzuetsov and Ivan Shport were guests of The City of Torgau.
These former American and Russian soldiers took part in The Elbe Day
festivities in the City of Torgau and Strehla, April 23-25, 2005, celebrating
the 60th Anniversary of the East Meets West Linkup!
A forty person group from
the United States, members of the 69th, wives, second generations, relatives and
friends, were in Weissenfels, Leipzig and Torgau, and elsewhere in Europe, on
the special guided American Express European Tour to be in the Torgau
The Torgau festivities marked the 60th Anniversary of elements from the 69th Infantry Division making first allied contact with patrols from the Russian 58th Guards Division, at three different places, April 25, 1945, on or near the Elbe River, sealing the end of Nazi tyranny in Europe. Festive events tok place in Torgau from April 20 through April 25, 2005, with most of the townspeople taking part.
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