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The German Surrender Announcement

by Elizabeth Lister

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Contributed by 
Elizabeth Lister
People in story: 
Martin Heyman
Location of story: 
Caversham, Berkshire
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A7589343
Contributed on: 
07 December 2005

I was a German Monitor at BBC Monitoring in Caversham. In the final days of the war the only German station that was still audable at the BBC Monitoring Service was a low powered radio at Flensburg which broadcast the German high command communique at 14.00(or later) every day, and there was a rota of monitors to cover all contingencies. I happened to be in the listening room shortly after 14.00 one day to be told that the person designated to monitor Flensburg had not shown up. So I clapped on my earphones and heard the tail end of what was apparently the official german surrender announcement.

I immediatley passed on the facts as I had heard them to the news service so they could be flashed to London, but for the details I had to replay the recording ( on a wax cylinder in those days) to discover who had made the announcemnt and exactly in what terms. Despite the inevitable delay in transcription the facts as I had reported them were confirmed and I felt mightly relieved.

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