NEW YANK-RED LINKUPS BY U.S. FIRST ARMY AND NINTH ARMY–Junctions Shut 85-miles Trap on Foe

From the May 1, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Two new junctions with the Red Army by U.S. Ninth and First Army men north and south of Magdeburg yesterday trapped German troops in a pocket 85 miles long between the Elbe and Berlin.

As American and Russian forces broadened their merger along the Elbe, the battle of the redoubt mounted in fury. The Seventh Army had five divisions in Munich area, where a bitter struggle was raging.

Third Army forces neared Passau at the northeastern borders of Austria where the Nazis are massing huge tank forces to prevent a breakthrough y Americans into the rear of German lines facing the Russians west of Vienna.

United Press said that the Third Army was reported, without confirmation, to have linked with the Russians in the Danube Valley 80 miles northeast of  Berchtesgaden. Latest official reports placed Lt. Gen. George S. Patton’s forward elements still 83 miles from Tolbuhkin’s Army.



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‘It’s Is All Over,” Said the Burgomeister of Leipzig–Alfred Freyburg, burgomeister of Leipzig, his wife (in armchair) and their 18-year-old daughter )on sette at right) committed suicide in his office just before the U.S. First Army took the city.

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With a torn portrait of Hitler beside him, a Volkssturm general who committed suicide, lies in an office of the Leipzig City Hall.



2d Contact Near Torgau

U.S. First Army troops made their second contact with the Russians at Wittenberg, 25 miles northwest of Torgau, scene o the first meeting. They drove 14 miles to make the junction.

Cavalry units attached to the 83d Inf. Div. of the U.S. Ninth Army slashed 20 miles out of the Elbe River bridgehead to meet the Russians at Apollensdorf, 14 miles north of Dessau.

A second Ninth Army linkup with the Red Army was being forged on the Elbe River at Wittenberger, 85 miles to the north, where U.S. troops were less than 10 miles from the Russians at Rosenhagen.

Heaviest fighting for Hitler’s southern stronghold was taking place in Munich. Nazis depressed the City’s anti-aircraft guns against Seventh Army forces battling into the city–the cradle of Nazism–from the north and west, AP frontline reports said.

North of Munich, two columns of infantrymen from the 42nd and the 45th Divs. seized Germany’s most notorious concentration camp at Dachau and liberated 32,000 political prisoners, who were so wild with joy it took a full battalion of infantry to restrain them.

AP front reports said the doughs, riding tanks, and SP guns rolled into the camp so quickly they completely surprised the 300 SS guards.

Dozens of the guards were killed as the doughs, in a rage at the sights they saw at the camp, rushed though the barracks spraying lead from machine-guns and carbines.



Targets at Munich, Pilsen Attacked From Air

Ninth AF Thunderbolts and Mustangs flew more than 400 sorties yesterday, smashing stationary railway cars at Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. They destroyed three and damaged five JU88s on the ground at an airfield east of Pilsen.



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