THE GERMAN SURRENDER DOCUMENTS - WWII:
 

 
 Instrument of Surrender of All German armed forces in HOLLAND, in 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 This instrument of surrender is independent of, without  prejudice to, and will be superseded by any general instrument of surrender imposed by or on behalf of the Allied Powers and applicable to Germany and the German armed forces as a whole.  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  

 4th. of  May 1945  

  1830 hrs.  


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{Reichs president  Donitz's authorization to Colonel General Jodl}
{to conclude a general surrender:}
 

Hauptquartier, den 6. Mai 1945
 

  Ich bevollmachtige General oberst  J o d l , Chef des Wehrmachtfuhrungsstabes in Ober kommando der Wehrmact, zum Abschluss eines Waffenstillst and sbkommens mit dem Haupt quartier 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 responsible 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 navigational 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 instructions 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 positions of all British mines swept during these operations;  

  (3)  details of all controlled minefields 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 navigation 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 information 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 movements.  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 dispatched 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 travel are to fly a large white flag at the masthead by day and are to illuminate these white flags by night. These ships are to broadcast their positions hourly by W/T on 500 ks.  (600 meters) whilst on passage.


Information required within fourteen days
 

9.  The German High Command will furnish the following information to the Allied Naval Commander, Expeditionary Force, at .......by ........ within fourteen days of cessation of hostilities.
 

a.  Locations of all warships, auxiliaries and armed coastal craft operating under the orders of the German Naval Command stating particulars of the operational unit to which they are attached, giving approximate totals of all naval personal embarked in each vessel, (including naval flak and merchant ship flak).


 b.  A statement of the organizations of all naval shore Commands, giving location of all naval establishments, including establishments for experiment and research, names of all Commanding Officers and Principal Staff Officers of the rank of Commander in each establishment.

 c.  A statement of the strength and location of all naval land forces including naval infrantry, naval flak, merchant ship flak and naval personnel manning naval coast artillery and full particulars of all Coastal and port defenses giving nature and locations.

d.  Lists of stocks of furnace oil fuels, diesel oil fuel, petrol, and coal of 500 tons or more at, or in the vicinity of, all ports between IJMUIDEN and HAMBURG inclusive.

e.  A statement of location of the principal naval armament depots with approximate overall stocks of each major item held.

f.  The following communications information:-

(1)  location and details concerning all V/S, W/T (including D/F) and radar stations in use by, and under construction for the German Navy, these details to include types and capabilities of all   equipment fitted.

(2)  details of the current naval W/T organization, lists of W/T and R/T call signs in force, and allocation of all frequencies for communication and radar purposes.

(3)  location and details of all naval communications (including Infra-Red) and naval radar training and research establishments.

g.  Full details of all German minefields in the NORTH SEA, SKAGGERAK, KATTEGAT, BEITS, and SOUND.


h.  Full details of the German naval minesweeping organization including the communications organization.
 

j.  Full details of the communications (including Infra-Red) and radar equipment fitted in all German minesweepers and sperrbrechers.

k.  Technical details of all types of minesweeping gear used by the German Navy.

l.  Details of all mining and types of mines employed and of berthing facilities available for ships of 150 feet in length and 16 feet draught at:-

BREMERHAVEN

WILHELMSHAVEN

SCHIERMONNIKOOG

DELFZIJL

10.  The German High Command will also furnish the Allied Naval Commander, Expeditionary Force, with two copies of all coding and cyphering systems which have been, are being, or were to be used by the German Navy with the necessary instructions for their use and the dates between which they have been, or were to have been used.

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