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Instrument of Surrender of All German Armed Forces in Holland
---northwest Germany including all islands, and in DENMARK.


1. The German Command agrees to the surrender of all armed
forces in HOLLAND, in northwest GERMANY including the
FRISLIAN ISLANDS and HELIGOLAND and all islands, in
SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN, and in DENMARK, to the C.-in-C. 21
Army Group.

=This to include all naval ships in these areas=

These forces to lay down their arms and to surrender
unconditionally.


2. All hostilities on land, on sea, or in the air by German
forces in the above areas to cease at 0800 hrs. British
Double Summer Time on Saturday 5 May 1945.


3. The German command to carry out at once, and without
argument or comment, all further orders that will be issued
by the Allied Powers on any subject.


4. Disobedience of orders, or failure to comply with them, will
be regarded as a breach of these surrender terms and will be
dealt with by the Allied Powers in accordance with the laws
and usages of war.


5. This insturment of surrender is independent of, without pre-
judice to, and will be superseded by any general instrument
of surrender imposed by or on behalf of the Allied Powers
and applicable to Germany and the German armed forces as a
whole.


6. This instument of surrender is written in English and in German.

The English version is the authentic text.


7. The decision of the Allied Powers will be final if any doubt
or dispute arise as to the meaning or intrepretation of the
surrender terms.


=HANS GEORG von FRIEDBERG=

=KINZEL=

=G. WAGNER=
=B. L. MONTGOMERY=
=Field - Marshal= =POLECK=

=FRIEDEL=
=4 May 1945=

=1830 hrs.=
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{Reichspresident Donitz's authorization to Colonel General Jodl}
{to conclude a general surrender:}


Hauptquartier, den 6. Mai 1945




Ich bevollmachtige Generaloberst J o d l ,

Chef des Wehrmachtfuhrungsstabes in Oberkommando

der Wehrmact, zum Abschluss eines Waffenstill-

standsbkommens mit dem Hauptquartier des Generals

E i s e n h o w e r .


[ SEAL ] =DONITZ=

GroBadmiral.
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Only this text in English is authoritative



ACT OF MILITARY SURRENDER



1. We the undersigned, acting by authority

of the German High Command, hereby surrender

unconditionally to the Supreme Commander, Allied

Expeditionary Forces and simultaneously to the

Soviet High Command all forces on land, 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 German military, naval and

air authorties and to all forces under German

control to cease active operations at =2301= hours

Central European time on = 8 May = and to

remain in the positions occupied at that time. No

ship, vessel, or aircraft is to be scuttled, or any

damage done to their hull, machinery or equipment.

3. The German High Command will at once

issue to the appropriate commander, and ensure

the carrying out of any further orders issued by

the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force

and by the Soviet High Command.

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 Surrender,

the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force

and the Soviet High Command will take such punitive

or other action as they deem appropriate.




Signed at =RHEIMS at 0241= on the =7th= day of May, 1945.
=France=


On behalf of the German High Command.


=JODL=


IN THE PRESENCE OF


On behalf of the Supreme Commander, On behalf of the Soviet
Allied Expeditionary Force. High Command

=W. B. SMITH= =SOUSLOPAROV=


=F SEVEZ=
Major General, French Army
(Witness)
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SUPREME HEADQUARTERS
ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE


SERIAL 1

ORDERS BY THE SUPREME COMMANDER,

ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE RELATING TO

ARMY AND AIR FORCES UNDER GERMAN CONTROL



1. Local commanders of the Army and Air Force

under German control on the Western Front, in

NORWAY and in the CHANNEL ISLANDS will hold themselves

in readiness to receive detailed orders for the

surrender of their forces from the Supreme Commander's

subordinate commanders opposite their front.

2. In the case of NORWAY the Supreme

Commander's representatives will be the General

Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Scottish Command and

Air Officer Commanding 13 Group RAF.

3. In the case of the CHANNEL ISLANDS the

Supreme Commander's representatives will be the

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern

Command and Air Officer Commanding 10 Group RAF.




=WALTER B SMITH=
Signed....................
For the Supreme Commander, RAF


Dated =0241 7th= May, 1945
=Rheims France=

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SPECIAL ORDERS BY THE SUPREME COMMANDER, ALLIED

EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO THE GERMAN HIGH COMMAND

RELATING TO NAVAL FORCES



For the purpose of these orders the term "Allied
Representatives" shall be deemed to include the
Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force,
and any subordinate commander, staff officer or
agent acting pursuant to his orders.



SPECIAL ORDERS BY THE SUPREME COMMANDER, ALLIED

EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO THE GERMAN HIGH COMMAND

RELATING TO NAVAL FORCES

PART I GENERAL


Definition of Naval Forces

1. For the purpose of these orders all formations,

units, and personnel of the German Navy together with the

Marine Kusten Polizie shall be refered to as the German

Naval Forces.

2. Members of the Marine Kusten Polizie will

immediately be placed under the command of the appropriate

German Naval Commanders who will be responsible for their

maintenance and supply where applicable, to the same

extent and degree as for units of the German Navy.

German Naval Representatives and information required

immediately

3. The German High Command will dispatch within

48 hours after the surrender becomes effective, a res-

ponsible Flag Officer to the Allied Naval Commander,

Expeditionary Force at his headquarters. This

Flag Officer will furnish the Allied Naval Commander,

Expeditionary Force, with:-

a. Corrected copies of charts showing all

minefields in Western Europe waters, including the

BALTIC as far as LUBECK (inclusive) which have been laid

by German and German-controlled vessels or aircraft,

positions of all wrecks, booms and other underwater

obstructions in this area, details of the German convoy

routes and searched channels and of all bouys, lights

and other navigational aids in this area. The appropriate

navigational publications are also required.

b. Details of the exact location of all

departments and branches of the German Admiralty (OKM).

c. All available information concerning

the numbers and types of German minesweepers and sperr-

brechers in German controlled Dutch ports and German

NORTH SEA ports that can be obtained without delaying

his departure. This German Flag Officer is to be

accompanied by a Communications Officer who is familiar

with the German Naval W/T organization and who is to

bring with him the current naval communications Orders,

including allocation of frequencies, list of W/T and

R/T call signs in force, and a list of all codes and

cyphers in use, and intended to be brought into use.

d. Location of all surface warships down

to and including "Elbing" class Torpedo Boats, and of

all submarines and "E" Boats.

4. The German High Command will also dispatch

within 48 hours after the surrender becomes effective

a responsibile officer, not below the rank of Captain,

by coastal craft to report to the Admiral Commanding

at DOVER for onward routing to Commander-in-Chief,

THE NORE, with:-

a. Corrected copies of charts showing all

minefields in the NORTH SEA SOUTH of 54 30' NORTH and

EAST of 1 30' EAST laid by German and German-controlled

vessels or aircraft, positions of all wrecks, booms and

all other underwater obstructions; details of all

German Convoy routes and searched channels in this area,

and of all bouys, lights and other navigational aids

which are under German control. Appropriate naviga-

tional publications are also required.

b. All available information concerning

the numbers and types of German minesweepers and

sperrbrechers in German contolled Dutch ports and

German NORTH SEA ports that can be obtained without

delaying his departure.

5. Another responsible German Naval Officer,

with similar information is to be dispatched by un-

escorted aircraft painted white to MANSTON Areodrome

position 51 20' NORTH, 1 20' EAST for onward routing

to Commander-in-Chief, THE NORE.

6. The German High Command will issue instruc-

tions to certain German naval commands as indicated

below:-

a. The Naval Commander-in-Chief, NORTH

SEA will dispatch by coastal craft within 48 hours

after the surrender becomes effective a responsible

officer, not below the rank of Captain, to the

Admiral Commanding at DOVER for onward routing to

Commander-in-Chief, THE NORE, with:-

(1) details of minesweeping operations

carried out in the German convoy route

between the HOOK OF HOLLAND and

HAMBURG and in approaches to harbours

between these two ports during the

previous 60 days;

(2) numbers and postions of all

British mines swept during these

operations;

(3) details of all controlled mine-

fields in this area and information

whether they have been rendered

ineffective;

(4) details of all other mining and

types of mines employed in the harbours

and harbour approaches of CUXHAVEN,

EMDEN, TERSCHELLING, TEXEL, IJMUIDEN,

AMSTERDAM, SCHEVENINGEN, HOOK OF

HOLLAND and ROTTERDAM;

(5) berthing facilities in the harbours

enumerated in paragraph (6a). (4) above

and the numbers of auxiliary minesweepers

which can be accomodated;

(6) a list of all W/T and R/T call signs

in use by the German Navy.

Any of the above information which cannot be obtained without

delaying the departure of this officer will be forwarded

subsequently as soon as it is available.

b. The Naval Commander-in-Chief, NORTH SEA, will

also dispatch as soon as possible by coastal craft to DOVER

thirteen German Naval Officers who must be familiar with the

German swept channels between the HOOK OF HOLLAND and

CUXHAVEN. These officers will bring with them all the charts

and books required for naviagation in this area and will be

accompanied by pilots (and interpreters if necessary).

c. The Naval Commander-in-Chief, NORWAY, will

dispatch by sea within 48 hours after the surrender becomes

effective, a responsible officer, not below the rank of

Captain to the Commander-in-Chief, ROSYTH, with corrected copies

of charts showing all German minefields in the NORTH SEA, NORTH

of 56 NORTH, all wrecks, booms and other underwater

obstructions, details of German convoy routes and searched

channels in this area, of the approach channels to the principal

Norwegian ports and of all bouys, lights and other navigational

aids in this area. This officer will also bring with him the

disposition of all "U" Boats and details of all orders affecting

their future movements. He will be accompanied by six German

Naval Officers with pilots (and interpreters if necessary) who

are familiar with the coastal swept channels between OSLO and

TROMSO. These officers will bring with them all the charts

and books required for navigation in Norwegian waters, and a

list of all W/T and R/T call signs in use by the German Navy.

d. The Naval Commander-in-Chief, NORWAY, will

dispatch a duplicate party to the above with similar informa-

tion by an unescorted aircraft painted white to DREM Airfield

56 02' NORTH 02 48' WEST.

e. The Naval Commander-in-Chief, NORWAY, will

report by W/T to the Commander-in-Chief, ROSYTH, within 48 hours

after the surrender becomes effective, the following information:-

(1) Berthing facilities at OSLO,

CHRISTIANSAND, STAVANGER, BERGEN, TRONDHEIM,

NARVIK, and TROMSO.

(2) The appropriate quantities of furnace

oil fuel, diesel oil fuel, and coal at all the

principal Norwegian ports between OSLO and

TROMSO.

7. The German Admiral SKGGERAK will dispatch by sea

within 48 hours after the surrender becomes effective, a

responsible officer not below the rank of Captain, to the

Commander-in-Chief, ROSYTH, with corrected copies of charts

showing all German minefields, wrecks, booms, and other underwater

obstructions, details of German convoy routes and searched

channels, bouys, lights and other navigational aids in the

SKAGGERAK, KATTEGAT, THE BEITS AND SOUND, KIEL

BAY and BALTIC WATERS WEST of 14 EAST. This

officer will also bring with him the disposition

of all "U" boats in the above area and details

of all orders affecting their future move-

ments. He will be accompanied by three German Naval

officers with pilots (and interpreters if necessary)

who are familiar with the coastal swept channels, and

channels in the Swedish territorial waters, in the waters

referred to above. These officers will bring with

them all the charts and books required for navigation

in these waters, and a list of all W/T and R/T call

signs in use by the German Navy.

The German Admiral SKAGGERAK will dispatch

a duplicate party to that specified above, with similar

information, by air in unescorted aircraft painted

white to DREM Airfield 56 02' NORTH 02 48' WEST.

8. The German Naval Officers who will be dis-

patched to DOVER and ROSYTH by sea will proceed to

positions in latitude 51 19' NORTH longitude 1 43' EAST

and latitude 56 47' NORTH longitude 1 13' WEST respectively,

where they will be met by British warships and escorted

to their destination. The ships or craft in which they