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World War II 40 Years Later (Part VIII) #303226

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 25, 1985
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(Studio) Torgau, East Germany, ceremony commemorating meeting of United States and USSR troops at Elbe River during World War II featured; films shown. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev mentioned. United States noted officially boycotting event to protest last month's shooting death of Major Arthur Nicholson in East Germany. Significance of Elbe River link-up reviewed; historical films and photos shown. [James McDONALD - recalls experience.] Film of meeting shown courtesy George Stevens, Junior Current status of East-West relations considered. [Eisenhower biographer Stephen AMBROSE - recalls Winston Churchill's approach to USSR , Berlin.] General William Simpson's leadership of United States troops at Elbe mentioned; pressure from General Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery discussed. [AMBROSE - recalls Eisenhower's perception of US-USSR race to Berlin.] [McDONALD - would like return to US-USSR respect.]
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Reporter(s):
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:05:10

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