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Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956

Declaration regarding the defeat of Germany and the assumption of supreme authority by the Allied Powers, June 5, 1945,   pp. 13-18 PDF (2.3 MB)

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all other merchant ships of whatever nationality in German ports,
will remain in or proceed immediately to ports and bases as specified
by the Allied Representatives. The crews of such vessels will remain
on board pending further instructions.
(b) All ships and vessels of -the United Nations, whether or not
title has been transferred as the result of prize court or other pro-
ceedings, which are at the disposal of Germany or under German
control at the time of this Declaration, will proceed at the dates
and to the ports and bases specified by the Allied Representatives.
(a) All or any of the following articles in the possession of the
German armed forces or under German control or at German disposal
will be held intact and in good condition at the disposal of the Allied
Representatives, for such purposes and at such times and places as
they may prescribe:-
(i) all arms, ammunition, explosives, military equipment,
stores and supplies and other implements of war of all kinds and
all other war materials;
(ii) all naval vessels of all classes, both surface and submarine
auxiliary naval craft and all merchant shipping, whether afloat,
under repair or construction, built or building;
(iii) all aircraft of all kinds, aviation and antiaircraft equip-
ment and devices;
(iv) all transportation and communications facilities and
equipment, by land, water or air;
(v) all military installations and establishments, including air-
fields, seaplane bases, ports and naval bases, storage depots,
permanent and temporary land and coast fortifications, for-
tresses and other fortified areas, together with plans and draw-
ings of all such fortifications, installations and establishments;
(vi) all factories, plants, shops, research institutions, laboras
tories, testing stations, technical data, patents, plans, drawings
and inventions, designed or intended to produce or to facilitate
the production or use of the articles, materials, and facilities re-
ferred to in sub-paragraphs (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above
or otherwise to further the conduct of war.
(b) At the demand of the Allied Representatives the following will
be furnished:-
(i) the labour, services and plant required for the maintenance
or operation of any of the six categories mentioned in paragraph
(a) above; and
(ii) any information or records that may be required by the
Allied Representatives in connection with the same.
(c) At the demand of the Allied Representatives all facilities will
be provided for the movement of Allied troops and agencies, their
equipment and supplies, on the railways, roads and other land com-
munications or by sea, river or air. All means of transportation will
be maintained in good order and repair, and the labour, services and
plant necessary therefor will be furnished.

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