| General Alfred Jodl, Chief of the Operations Staff in the German
High Command, signs the document of unconditional
German surrender at General Eisenhower's Headquarters in Reims, France,
May 7, 1945. On Jodl's left is Admiral Von Friedeburg of the German Navy,
and on his right is Major Wilhelm Oxenius of the German General Staff.
Below: German Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel signs a surrender document
at Soviet headquarters in Berlin, May 9, 1945. The Soviets had insisted
that a second ceremonial signing take place in Soviet-occupied Berlin.
(Photo credits: U.S. National Archives)
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