Wednesday, May 07, 2008

May 7, 1945 Happy V-E Day!

The War in Europe is Ended! Surrender Is Unconditional; V-E Will Be Proclaimed Today; Our Troops on Okinawa Gain
Germans Capitulate on All Fronts
American, Russian and French Generals Accept Surrender in Eisenhower Headquarters, a Reims School
Reich Chief of Staff Asks for Mercy
Doenitz Orders All Military Forces of Germany to Drop Arms -- Troops in Norway Give Up - Churchill and Truman on Radio Today
By Edward Kennedy
Reims, France, May 7 --- Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Western Allies and the Soviet Union at 2:41 A. M. French time today. [This was at 8:41 P.M., Eastern Wartime Sunday.]
The surrender took place at a little red school house that is the headquarters of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The surrender, which brought the war in Europe to a formal end after five years, eight months and six days of bloodshed and destruction, was signed for Germany by Col. Gen. Gustav Jodl. General Jodl is the new Chief of Staff of the German Army.
The surrender was signed for the Supreme Allied Command by Lieut. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith, Chief of Staff for General Eisenhower.

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