Diary May 8, 1945
Diary for Tuesday, May 8, 1945:
One of the last German evacuation transports across the Baltic Sea.
Final German evacuation convoys from Courland (Latvia); 126 small craft. 1,420,000 people evacuated from Pomerania and East Prussia since January 25.
Liberty ship Horace Binney mined off Flushing and almost broken in two, but remarkable salvage operation saves ship and cargo.
VE-DAY (‘Victory in Europe’): great celebrations.
In Berlin, Field Marshal Keitel, Marshal Zhukov and Air Marshal Tedder ratify Rheims surrender document.
Dresden occupied by Russian forces.
Norway: Crown Prince Olaf lands at Oslo from British warship and proclaims surrender of German occupying forces.
Czechoslovakia: Capitulation of German garrison in Prague to Russian troops.