Today is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, abbreviated to VE DAY. On May 7, 1945, the German general Jodl signed the document of the general capitulation of the German forces in Europe at the headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces Dwight D. Eisenhower. This marked the end of the Second World War. Today we look at the BBC which is dedicated to 75 years of VE DAY


First a partial capitulation on 4 MAY 1945
Field Marshal Montgomery (second from the left) greets the German delegation (Left to Right - Admirall von Friedeburg , General Kinzel and vice-admiral Wagner.
Field Marshal Montgomery (second seated from the right) signs the terms of the surrender watched by Admiral Wagner and Admiral von Friedeburg.
Earlier there had been a capitulation on the LŁneburger Heide on 4 May 1945. In the tent of General Montgomery a German delegation consisting of Admiral von Friedeburg , General Kinzel and Vice Admiral Wagner signed the unconditional surrender of the German troops in the Netherlands, the northwest of Germany including all islands, in Denmark and all naval ships in those areas. The surrender preceded the end of the Second World War in Europe and was signed in a carpet tent at the headquarters of Montgomery on the Timeloberg hill near Wendisch Evern.
Separate capitulation on 5 and 6 May 1945
Hotel De Wereld in Wageningen. Left in 1945 and right I made the comparison picture with my wife in the foreground.
Discussion of the capitulation document in Hotel De Wereld in Wageningen on 5 May 1945. On the left in the middle lieutenant-general Charles Foulkes of the 1st Canadian Corps, in the middle on the right German general Blaskowitz. He wanted to study the capitulation document further and was postponed until 6 May 1945. Then the document was signed by him in the auditorium of the Agricultural College in Wageningen.
Although the actual capitulation was already a fact at that time, General Foulkes, commander of the 1st Canadian Army Corps, decided on a separate capitulation agreement. The German commander Generaloberst J. Blaskowitz was ordered to come to Hotel De Wereld in Wageningen on May 5, 1945 to sign a detailed capitulation document. Initially Blaskowitz sent his Chief-Staf Lieutenant-General P. Reichelt. But he was ordered to inform Blaskowitz that he had to come himself. At four o'clock in the afternoon he appeared. Prince Bernhard was also present at this meeting as commander-in-chief of the Internal Armed Forces. There was also a large number of reporters and filmmakers. The conditions of the surrender were handed over to Blaskowitz. He asked for a 24 hour postponement and would sign the capitulation the next day on May 6, 1945. The Netherlands was liberated.
Surrender on 7 May 1945
Generaloberst Alfred Jodl signs the unconditional surrender of the German forces in Reims, 7 May 1945. On the left Major W. Oxenius (interpreter). Right Generaladmiral H.G. von Friedeburg.
The Allied Supreme Command led by General Dwight Eisenhower in Reims after the signing of the German capitulation.
The act of surrender, signed May 7, 1945
On the morning of 7 May 1945 at 0241 hours, General Alfred Jodl signed the documents in Reims for unconditional surrender of all German forces to the Allies. It contained the phrase: "All armed forces under German command ceased their active operations at 23:01 Central European Time on May 8, 1945". With this, the Second World War formally came to an end and it was finally peace in Western Europe.
Wilhelm Keitel signs the German capitulation to the Soviet Union at the headquarters of the Red Army in Berlin.
These two women read the newspaper with the extraordinarily good news that Germany has surrender.
The next day, shortly before midnight, German representatives led by general Wilhelm Keitel in Berlin signed a similar document, an explicit capitulation to the Soviet forces in the presence of general Georgi Zhukov. News of the surrender reached the media in the West on May 8, 1945. Around three o'clock in the afternoon Churchill gave a speech to the British people and appeared with the royal family on the steps of Buckingham Palace. Spontaneous celebrations arose throughout Europe. In the United States, the Americans awoke to the news of the previous day and declared 8 May to be V-E Day. Because the Soviet Union was east of Germany, it took until 9 May 1945 local time in Moscow until the German military surrender was officially a fact, which made Russia and many other European countries east of Germany celebrate their day of victory on 9 May.
American soldiers are walking in Paris to celebrate Germany's capitulation and the war is over.
Relieved, these American soldiers take a break on a railroad track after hearing the great news of the German surrender.
British prisoners of war burst out in cheers when they hear that Germany has capitulated. They won't be behind this barbed wire for long now.
The museum of surrender in Reims
In Reims bevindt zich het museum van de overgave. De zaal in het hoofdkwartier van generaal Eisenhower, waarin de capitulatie op 7 mei 1945 werd getekend, is te bekijken zoals het destijds was.
Experience it. The great party 75 years ago at VE DAY
In London, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill appears in front of a cheering crowd who are told that Nazi Germany has been defeated and the victory won.
Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, together with the royal family
In In London and other cities and towns in England, the revelry erupts after the great news that the war in Europe has ended. It is 8 May 1945. VE DAY.

With joy, these girls jump with two soldiers into the water of the fountain on Trafalgar Square in London.

Also great joy in Canada that the war in Europe has ended.

A soldier returns home to his family in England.

Celebration in London. A cheering crowd while joy dances everywhere.

A cheering crowd in London on VE DAY 8 May 1945.

Also in front of Buckingham Palace in London a partying crowd gathers.

Vreugde in Parijs op VE-DAY 8 mei 1945.

Op 9 mei 1945 barst in Moskou de feestvreugde los na het bericht dat ook de oorlog van Rusland tegen Duitsland beŽindigd is na de ondertekening van de Duitse overgave door Wilhelm Keitel in het Russische hoofdkwartier in Berlijn op 8 mei 1945.