Chapter

Final Operations, 19 April–7 May 1945

William C. Sylvan and Francis G. Smith

in Normandy to Victory

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125251
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125251.003.0010
Final Operations, 19 April–7 May 1945

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This chapter provides accounts of the consolidation on the Mulde River for the period 19–24 April, 1945 and the contact made at two points with members of the Russian forces ending the war in Europe. It reports that 10,000 Germans, knowing the situation lost, came across into V Corps zone to surrender. The chapter reports further that a further 3,000 or so also came into General Collins's zone and that VIII Corps took over 1,000. It provides reports that German radio announced the death of Hitler “at the front” in Berlin, and provides the reported capture of General Von Rundstedt, the First Army's greatest opponent, who was found at a castle in Bad Tols with his wife and son. The chapter presents an order signed by General Eisenhower informing all Allied Expeditionary Forces to cease offensive operations due to the unconditional surrender of all German land, sea, and air forces in Europe to the AEF.

Keywords: Mulde River; Russian forces; General Collins; Hitler; Berlin; Von Rundstedt; Bad Tols; General Eisenhower; AEF

Chapter.  7197 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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