Victory in Europe Day

The Allies celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler’s Reich on May 8, 1945, stated organizational the end of the Second World War in Europe. This was dubbed V.E (Victory in Europe) Day. By April 1945, the Allies were beginning to overrun Germany from the west, while Russian forces moved from the east. On April 25, 1945, Allied and Soviet forces clashed at the Elbe River, and the German Army was almost completely annihilated. Hitler killed his dog, his new wife Eva, and then committed suicide in his Berlin bunker five days later. Admiral Karl Doenitz, his successor, dispatched General Alfred Jodl to General Dwight Eisenhower’s Supreme Allied Headquarters in Rheims to negotiate an end-of-war settlement. On May 7, at 2:41 a.m., General Jodl signed the unconditional surrender of German forces, which was to take effect on May 8, at 11:01 p.m. The Nazi scourge was defeated after six years and millions of lives were sacrificed, and the war in Europe was finally done. Here is what you should know about VE day,

Germany signed an unconditional surrender agreement-

On April 30, 1945, with Berlin besieged, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz was selected as his successor. During his brief tenure as Germany’s president, Dönitz negotiated a peace treaty with the Allies while attempting to save as many Germans as possible from Soviet capture. On the 4th of May, a German delegation arrived at the headquarters of British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery on Lüneburg Heath, east of Hamburg. Montgomery accepted the unconditional surrender of German forces in the Netherlands, northwest Germany, and Denmark at that point. On May 7, Supreme Allied Commander General Eisenhower received the unconditional surrender of all German forces at his headquarters in Reims, France. General Alfred Jodl signed the surrender paper on behalf of Germany, and it went into force the next day. Josef Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, desired his own ceremony. As a result, on May 8, another paper was signed in Berlin, this time by German Field Marshal William Keitel. Dönitz’s plan was only partially successful, since millions of German soldiers surrendered to Allied forces, avoiding Soviet arrest.

Germany’s capitulation came as no surprise-

The news of Germany’s capitulation did not come as a surprise. It had been predicted for some time, and people across the United Kingdom were ready to begin celebrating the end of the war. On 7 May, the declaration that the war in Europe had ended was conveyed to the British people over the radio late in the day. The BBC stopped its regular programming with a news flash stating that Victory in Europe Day will be declared a national holiday the next day. Newspapers carried the headlines as quickly as they could, and special editions were created to include the much-anticipated revelation. The word that the war in Europe had ended spread like wildfire over the world.