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 Germany Surrenders and The World Rejoices

  Finally the war in Europe came to an end with Germany's capitulation.  Called VE Day, for Victory in Europe, it brought people into the streets in the U.S. and in Europe, celebrating the end of hostilities.  For many servicemen it also meant that they could draw a breath of relief as they realized that they had survived the war in Europe.

VE Day - Chartres, France

Stars and Stripes Extra Edition - May 4, 1945

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)


"Somewhere In France'
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 Reuters reported.
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.

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

Cpl 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.