May 8, 1945 at 22:43 according CET (May 9,00:43 Moscow time) in village
Karlshorst near to Berlin was signed the
Act of Military Surrender of the German Armed Forces.
On behalf of the German High Command, the Act was signed by Chief of
Staff of the Supreme Command of the Wehrmacht the General Field Marshal V. Keitel, by the
Chief of Naval Forces Admiral von Friedeburg and by Colonel-General G. Stumph. The Soviet Union
was represented by Deputy Supreme Commander Marshall G.Zhukov and partner by
Chief Marshal of Aviation of Britain A. Tedder. The strategic Commander of U.S.
Air Forces the General C. Spaatz and the Commander of the French Army
General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny were witnesses.
May 8, 1945 before the Act of Capitulation was signed J. Stalin signed
the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet if the USSR on the proclamation
of May 9 as Victory Day. At 6:00 am
Moscow time this Decree was read by announcer Yuri Levitan on the radio.
From 1948 to 1964, May 9 was a normal working day. Only for the 20th
anniversary of the Victory Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR issued a
decrees declaring May 9 as a holiday.
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