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Torgau



Introduction of Torgau
City and port on the Elbe River, SE of Dessau, inSaxony. At a strategic crossover point on the Elbe, itwas often the home of the electors of Saxony after1456. In 1526 a league of Protestant princes formedthe Torgenauer Bund here against the Roman Catholicprinces. Martin Luther was active in Torgau atthat time, and the city became the site of the firstProtestant church in 1543. On November 3, 1760,during the Seven Years' War, the Austrians weredefeated near Torgau by Frederick II of Prussia. Thefirst contact between advance delegations of the U.S.and Soviet armies was made here on April 27, 1945,toward the end of World War II.City and port on the Elbe River, SE of Dessau, inSaxony. At a strategic crossover point on the Elbe, itwas often the home of the electors of Saxony after1456. In 1526 a league of Protestant princes formedthe Torgenauer Bund here against the Roman Catholicprinces. Martin Luther was active in Torgau atthat time, and the city became the site of the firstProtestant church in 1543. On November 3, 1760,during the Seven Years' War, the Austrians weredefeated near Torgau by Frederick II of Prussia. Thefirst contact between advance delegations of the U.S.and Soviet armies was made here on April 27, 1945,toward the end of World War II.

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