Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956
German act of surrender, May 8, 1945, pp. 12-13 PDF (781.2 KB)
12 DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59 and unanimously adopted by the European Advisory Commission at a meeting held on 1st May, 1945. Representative of Representative of Representative of Representative of the Government the Government the Government the Provisional of the United of the Union of of the United Government of States of Soviet Socialist Kingdom on the the French America on the Republics on European Republic on the European the European Advisory European Advisory Advisory Commission: Advisory Commission: Commission: Commission: JOHN G. WINANT. F T GOUSEV WILLIAM STRANG MASSIGLI LANCASTER HOUSE, LONDON, S.W. 1. Ist Mlay, 1945. German Act of Surrender, May 8, 19451 1. We the undersigned, acting by authority of the German High Command, hereby surrender unconditionally to the Supreme Com- mander, Allied Expeditionary Force and simultaneously to the Su- preme High Command of the Red Army all forces on land, at sea, and in the air who are at this date under German control. 2. The German High Command will at once issue orders to all Ger- man military, naval and air authorities and to all forces under Ger- man control to cease active operations at 2301 hours Central European time on 8th May 1945, to remain in the positions occupied at that time and to disarm completely, handing over their weapons and equip- ment to the local allied commanders or officers designated by Repre- sentatives of the Allied Supreme Commands. No ship, vessel, or aircraft is to be scuttled, or any damage done to their hull, machinery or equipment, and also to machines of all kinds, armament, apparatus, and all the technical means of prosecution of war in general. 3. The German High Command will at once issue to the appropri- ate commanders, and ensure the carrying out of any further orders issued by the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force and by the Supreme High Command of the Red Army. 4. This act of military surrender is without prejudice to, and will -be superseded by any general instrument of surrender imposed by, or on behalf of the United Nations and applicable to GERMANY and the German armed forces as a whole. 5. In the event of the German High Command or any of the forces under their control failing to act in accordance with this Act of Sur- render, the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force and the Supreme High Command of the Red Army will take such punitive or other action as they deem appropriate. 6. This Act is drawn up in the English, Russian and German lan- guages. The English and Russian are the only authentic texts. Signed at Berlin on the 8. day of May, 1945 FRIEDEBURG KEITEL STUMPF On behalf of the German High Command 'A Decade of American Foreign Policy, pp. ,5J5-506.
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