- Contributed by
- Ron Goldstein
- People in story:
- Field Marshal Keitel and Nathan Sterrie
- Location of story:
- Buchen on the Weser
- Background to story:
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- Contributed on:
- 29 July 2005
Official English translation of Field Marshal Keitel's surrender document
This article has been submitted to the BBC “People War” website by Ron Goldstein, an active member of AJEX (Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women) on behalf of Mr.Nathan Sterrie
Mr.Sterrie fully understands the terms of the “People’s War” website and agrees to its conditions.
I was a member of a small unit of the Royal Corps of Signals, Intercept Section detached to ‘Y’ Corps moving with the invasion through France, Belgium, Holland finally ending up at Buchen on the Weser, near Hamburg.
On 7th May, 1945 at 02.15 a.m. I intercepted a signal from Field Marshal Keitel ordering all units of Army, Navy, Air Force and SS to cease fire.
It appears that this was approximately 10 hours BEFORE General Montgomery’s Headquarters at Luneberg received the surrender.
The photo shows a copy of the original message translated into English. I still hold a copy of the original German version.
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