Diary for Wednesday, May 2, 1945:
STALIN ANNOUNCES FALL OF BERLIN in Order of the Day No. 359: ‘Troops of the 1st Belorussian Front, commanded by Marshal Zhukov … have today May 2 completely captured Berlin… hotbed of German aggression.’ The Order mentions 131 generals and confers on their units honorary designation of ‘Berlin’ divisions. Battle of Berlin ends with surrender or annihilation of last pockets of resistance: 2,600 captured in shattered Reichstag.
Russians capture ports of Rostock and Warnemünde.
British 6th Airborne Division links up with tanks of 70th Russian Armored Division at Wismar.
US Marines suffer heavy casualties near river Asa.
Spain: Pierre Laval interned at disposition of the Allies.