New friends in new places

A STEN-armed Para of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion shakes hands with a greatcoated Soviet officer in the Baltic Sea city of Wismar, Germany, 4 May 1945, about 150 miles Northwest of Berlin.

The surrender of German forces was four days away at this point.

Source: Photo by Charles H. Richer Department of National Defence / National Archives of Canada, PA-150930.

Such link-ups, where the Western Front met the Eastern Front, were increasingly common in the last two weeks of the war in Europe.

The first occurred on 26 April 1945 when the U.S. 69th Infantry Division of the First Army and the 58th Guards Rifle Division of the 5th Soviet Guards Army met along the Elbe at Torgau, southwest of Berlin.

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