Jim Roberts, standing between two other GI's and 3 Frenchmen looking at an English newspaper.
One of the GIs is reading the paper to the Frenchmen, one of whom is the Mayor of the Chartres.
VE Day - May 8, 1945
found H Company, Capt Louis Toth commanding, on parade in Frankfort, Germany
(Courtesy O.B. Hill collection)
was the inscription by Tom Porcella on this photo. We surmise it
was taken while the men were on pass or leave from Sissone and probably in
Chartres or Paris. Only two are identified; top right John Lierenz and
bottom right: Frank Bagdonas. Both are Co H (as was Porcella) so all
five pictured here may well be the same company).
Doenitz Gives Order
Unconditional surrender of all German forces was announced
yesterday by the German radio at Flensburg.
Grand Adm. Doenitz, successor to Hitler, ordered the surrender and the
German High Command declared it effective, the German announcement said.
There was no immediate announcement from the capitals of the Allied powers,
but Associated Press and Renter correspondents assigned to SHAEF stated
unofficially that the Germans had surrendered unconditionally to the western
Allies and Russia at 024! Monday (ETO time).
High German officers formally surrendered the German forces at a meeting In
the big red schoolhouse which is Gen. Eisenhower's headquarters, the AP and
Although there was no Allied announcement, the British Ministry of
Information said that today (Tuesday) would be considered as V-E Day.
Not waiting for formal confirmation of the peace news, New York and battered
London beflagged as never before, began celebrations.
IT'S OVER IN THE WEST
proclaims the headline in London's Daily Mirror.
The photo is captioned "London had joy night".
Scenes like this undoubtedly could be seen throughout Europe, the UK,
Australia, North America and other Allied nations
Wesley Pete" Wyers
headed straight back to Nottingham to marry Eileen Adkin in March 1945.
To the couple's left are two unidentified 508th men, Eileen's
sister Kathleen and her brother John. Her father George Adkin, cousin Joan
Brinfield and mother Maud E. Adkin are at the right.