Day V-E – Victory on European Day – during World War II was unveiled today 75 years ago.
The surrender of the German armed forces was ordered on 7 May 1945 by Karl Dönitz, who became head of the German state after Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30.
The signing of the official submission document took place the following day, May 8, 1945.
“VICTORY! GERMAN SURRENDER!” Announced the 30-page special edition of the Denison Bulletin that day.
“Truman announced the German capitulation; the radio address brought the long-awaited announcement, “the newspaper continued.
Germany declared war on the United States on December 11, 1941, four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The end of the war in Europe had been predicted several weeks before that happened.
“Giving up ending 10 days of busy activity in the East,” the Bulletin announced.
The newspaper listed important events during the 10 days:
Sunday, April 29: The death of Benito Mussolini at the hands of Italian patriots revealed.
Tuesday, May 1: Germany announces the death of Adolph (sic) Hitler.
Wednesday, May 2: Berlin falls, German forces in northern Italy and western Austria, nearly one million people, surrender.
Friday, May 4: German troops in the Netherlands, Denmark and northwestern Germany lay down weapons.
Saturday, May 5: Two German troops surrender, facing the US troops in the southeast.
Sunday, May 6: Submission of negotiations reported.
Monday, May 7: The final surrender of German troops was signed at General Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims.
“Sober V-E Day was observed in Denison’s quiet service,” May 10, 1945, the Denison Review reported.
“In following the plans for VE Day worship, formulated a few months ago, the Denisons went to their respective churches Tuesday morning to observe the day officially announced by president Truman at 8 CWT (Central War Time) earlier that day . “
“News of Germany’s unconditional surrender was delivered in Denison at 9am when an air strike warning system was sounded, followed by the ringing of church bells. Church services were opened an hour later, “the Bulletin reported.
According to the Review, “V-E Day in Denison was taken as a solemn event, with a little joy and celebration. And the public is very responsive to the solemn atmosphere. “
“It is estimated that at least 40,000,000 victims occurred during nearly six years of disputes and terror that began when Hitler’s arrogant forces invaded Poland on September 1, 1939,” the Bulletin noted.
The full cost of the war will not be known for years to come, but a portion of the price appears in the column next to the story of the review of the Denison celebration.
“Donald Rice Killed in England,” the headline. Rice, from Deloit, was a bomber with the 445th Bomber Group and had died only two weeks before. “His parents have been notified by the War Department,” said the story.
The bulletin registers the Crawford County toll on V-E Day: Dead, 61; Missing, 19; Prisoners, 14.
“Parents get a final notification about the victim,” reports the Bulletin. “The ‘Lost’ soldier was declared ‘dead’ after the official report.”
Charles G. Cassaday, Robert Chapman, Ernest J. Nissen, and Lyle W. Stepanek are among the disadvantaged people who have confirmed status changes.
Another story in the May 8 Bulletin related to the reason for the quiet celebration in Denison.
“Winning is only half a won, Truman said this morning,” said a title.
The other half of the victory hasn’t arrived in the Pacific.
An advertisement for the Doud Milling Company in the special edition of the Bulletin stated clearly:
“We are all proud — at the front of the house, in front of the battle; and now we are taking another obstacle in our belts and starting to cast everything! NEXT JAPAN!”
Day V-J, Victory over Japanese Day, is still more than three months away.
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