Saturday, Apr 28, 1945
Truman and Stalin are hailing the linking of their two armies at the Elbe River. The newspapers are carrying the dramatic story of American Lt William D Robertson calling, “Put it there” and extending his hand to a Russian counterpart as they squirmed across a girder of the blown-up bridge high above the river. For all our troops, this a glorious moment – the result of drives covering over 5,000 miles. But under the smiles and handshakes of this cozy image is an emerging hostility. It’s official now that Stalin gets his 3 votes at the San Francisco conference and that the Polish delegation is solidly pro-soviet. Add to that the rumor that Germany wants to surrender, but only to the US and Britain. The Germans are started to look to us to protect them from the Russians.