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Today in World War II History—April 25, 1940 & 1945

US soldier 2nd Lt. William Robertson and Soviet soldier Lt. Alexander Sylvashko met near Torgau, Germany, 25 Apr 1945 (US National Archives: 111-SC-205228)

US soldier 2nd Lt. William Robertson and Soviet soldier Lt. Alexander Sylvashko met near Torgau, Germany, 25 Apr 1945 (US National Archives: 111-SC-205228)

80 Years Ago—April 25, 1940: German Luftwaffe bombs RAF base on frozen Lake Lesjaskogsvatnet in Norway, destroying 13 Gladiator fighter planes and forcing withdrawal.

75 Years Ago—Apr. 25, 1945: US First Army and Soviet troops meet on the Elbe at Torgau, severing northern and southern Germany. Eisenhower will drive north and south to cut off German retreat to Denmark or the Alps and let the Soviets take Berlin as agreed.

US Eighth Air Force flies its final bombing mission of the war.

The United Nations Conference opens in San Francisco with representatives from fifty nations.