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Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II
(1946)

Part II. Surrender of Germany,   pp. [37]-[68]


Page 58

Declaration regarding the defeat of Germany-and the
assumption of supreme authority with respect to
Germany by the Governments of the United States of
America, The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,
and the United Kingdom, and the Provisional Gov-
ernment of the French Republic.
The German armed forces on land, at sea and in
the air have been completely defeated and have sur-
rendered unconditionally and Germany, which bears
responsibility for the war, is no longer capable of
resisting the will of the victorious powers. The un-
conditional surrender of Germany has thereby been
effected, and Germany has become subject to such
requirements as may now or hereafter be imposed
upon her.
There is no central government or authority in
Germany. capable of accepting responsibility for the
maintenance of order, the administration of the
country and compliance with the requirements of
the victorious powers.
It is in these circumstances necessary, without
prejudice to any subsequent decisions that may be
taken respecting Germany, to make provision for the
cessation of any further hostilities on the part of the
German armed forces, for the maintenance of order
in Germany and for the administration of the coun-
try, and to announce the immediate requirements
with which Germany must comply.
The representatives of the supreme commands of
the United States of America, the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom and the
French Republic, hereinafter called the "Allied repre-
sentatives," acting by authority of their respective


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