It came at 2:41 AM on the 7th of May, 1945, the final unconditional surrender of Nazi forces. The surrender came as Nazi General, Alfred Jodl, came into a room and signed the unconditional surrender, which at that point was only 234 words in five paragraphs. That’s all it took.
But actually behind it, what it took was the death of approximately 100 million human beings in both theaters of the war. It took the largest military effort in all of human history to defeat Nazi Germany, but Nazi Germany was finally defeated. Adolf Hitler had committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin. Nazi Germany was a vanquished foe, and the unconditional surrender to which the Allied Forces had agreed was absolutely necessary. Finally, it was in hand.
Dwight David Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, would call General Omar Bradley and say simply, “Brad, it’s over.” And it was.
Sometimes, human history comes down to moments like that, moments we dare not forget—now 75 years later.Read More »