The Allied world waited for the two most spectacular military events of 1945: the fall of Berlin, and the meeting of U.S.
and Russian armies in central Germany.
Marshal Zhukov's First White Russian Army smashed into Berlin last week (see below). The Paris radio blabbed that the U.S. and Red Army patrols had already made contact near Dresden.
At SHAEF, however, the Supreme Commander's hard-working chief of staff, Lieut. General Walter Bedell ("Beedle") Smith, made it clear that the official U S. -Russian junction would not be a haphazard patrol contact, and that it would not be casually reported. The time and...