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Rare WW2 ceasefire order sells for £1,000 in Nottingham

Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery's order to cease fire at the end of World War Two in Europe Image copyright International Autograph Auctions
Image caption Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery issued the order to cease fire following the Nazi surrender in northern Germany

A rare document ordering Allied forces to cease fire following the surrender of Nazi Germany has sold for £1,000.

The order was issued by Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery after he witnessed the surrender of Nazi forces in northern Europe on 4 May.

The mimeographed document is one of the earliest written records of the German surrender.

The words in purple ink on it read: "All offensive ops will cease fire from receipt this signal."

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Image caption Field Marshal Montgomery witnessed General Kienzl sign the surrender of the German land, sea and air forces in Northern Germany, Holland and Denmark

It adds: "Orders will be given to all troops to cease fire 0800 hrs tomorrow Saturday 5 May."

Richard Davie, of auctioneers Nottingham's International Autograph Auctions, said the note was an "historically important document".

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Image caption German leaders meet with Field Marshall Montgomery after agreeing to the terms of the surrender, at Luneburg Heath
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Image caption Field Marshal Montgomery (centre in beret) salutes at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, after Germany's surrender

German forces in Italy had already surrendered on 2 May, but those in north-west Germany, Denmark and Holland surrendered to Field Marshal Montgomery, who was commanding all the British and Canadian armies in Europe, inside a tent at his headquarters, at Luneburg Heath on 4 May 1945.

The final document of unconditional surrender was signed at US General Dwight Eisenhower's headquarters in Reims on 7 May.

An official statement declaring the war in Europe over was made the following day.

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