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1945: World War II Ends in Europe

1945: World War II Ends in Europe
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  • Historical event:
  • 08 May 1945
  • Despite the capitulation, some German units continued to fight. The largest of these was the Army Group Centre under the command of Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner, whom Hitler appointed the new Commander-in-Chief of the German Army in his last will.

On this day, exactly at 23:01, Germany officially ceased hostilities after signing a treaty at Reims the day before. This officially ended World War II in Europe.

Because of that, the British celebrate the so-called V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) on this day. However, it is interesting that some German units continued to fight.

The largest of these was the Army Group Centre under the command of Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner, whom Hitler appointed the new Commander-in-Chief of the German Army in his last will.

Some German units in Greece, Slovenia, and France also kept fighting.

The longest resistance was given by a German unit made up of Georgian soldiers, which held the island Texel in the Netherlands. They were overcome only on 20 May 1945.

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