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

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


Page 59

Governments and in the interests of the United
Nations, accordingly make the following declara-
tion:
The Governments of the United States of America,
the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the
United Kingdom, and the Provisional Government of
the French Republic, hereby assume supreme author-
ity with respect to Germany, including all the
powers possessed by the German Government, the
High Command and any state, municipal or local
government or authority. The assumption, for the
purposes stated above, of the said authority and
powers does not effect the annexation of Ger-
many.
The Governments of the United States of America,
the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the
United Kingdom, and the Provisional Government
of the French Republic, will hereafter determine the
boundaries of Germany or any part thereof and the
status of Germany or of any area at present being part
of German territory.
In virtue of the supreme authority and powers thus
assumed by the four Governments, the Allied repre-
sentatives announce the following requirements,
arising from the complete defeat and unconditional
surrender of Germany with which Germany must
comply:
ARTICLE 1
Germany, and all German military, naval and air
authorities and all forces under German control shall
immediately cease hostilities in all theatres of war
against the forces of the United Nations on land, at
sea and in the air.
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