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The Flensburg Gov wanted to end it on all fronts on the 3rd May, and approached Montgomery with a proposal. The British commander refused because he didn't have that authority, though he could accept surrender in NW Europe, which was given the following day to take effect on the 6th.
When the German armed forces on all fronts were surrendered, finally, twice!, within the next few days, it is rather curious that the supreme western allied commander, US general D. D. Eisenhower, did not personally accept either one. The first in a French school house was granted to Eisenhower's chief of staff, while the second in Berlin was signed by an RAF Marshal.
Why no Eisenhower?
The actual instruments of surrender were signed on May 7. SACEUR wanted the news held back to placate Stalin. The reporter Ed Kennedy, who leaked it was fired for his troublee.
Eternal honour and thanks to all who fought and suffered for the freedoms this date made possible.
Lest we forget.
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