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7 May 1945
  • ww2dbase [AC]
  • British Eighth Army entered Austria. ww2dbase [TH]
  • General Jodl signed the unconditional surrender of all German forces to the Allies, to take effect on the following day, at Eisenhower's headquarters near Rheims, France; the Soviets witnessed the surrender at Rheims, but did not recognise the surrender until another document was signed in the Soviet-conquered territory. On the same day, German occupation forces in Norway surrendered. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | TH]
  • Anton Mussert was arrested. ww2dbase [Anton Mussert | CPC]
  • ww2dbase [Nürnberg | CPC]
  • ww2dbase [Karl Dönitz | CPC]
  • Oliver Leese told William Slim his intention to transfer Slim to the British 12th Army for the occupation of Burma. Deprived the command to lead the invasion into Malaya, Slim told Leese that he would rather retire. ww2dbase [William Slim | CPC]
  • USS Ray rescued 10 airmen of a downed B-29 bomber south of Kyushu, Japan. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Submarine I-369 arrived at Woleai, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [I-369 | CPC]
Czechoslovakia Hawaii Singapore
  • Kamoi took on a cargo of food at Singapore. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Spain United Kingdom
  • The Selfridges Department Store on Oxford Street, London, England, United Kingdom revealed that over the previous 2-3 weeks there had been a considerable public demand for Welcome Home Flags. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Henry Arnold was relieved of command at the US Twentieth Air Force. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish entered Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States for a scheduled overhaul. ww2dbase [Mare Island Navy Yard | Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 May 1945
Capsized Admiral Scheer, Kiel, 7 May 1945A jubilant American airman hugging an English woman at Piccadilly Circus, London, England, United Kingdom, celebrating GermanyEisenhower and Tedder addressed the world over radio and motion picture shortly after the signing of the German surrender documents, Rheims, France, 7 May 1945German instrument of surrender, page 1 of 2
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

George Patton, 31 May 1944