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Diary May 9, 1945

Victory celebration at the Red Square
Victory celebration at the Red Square in Moscow.
Diary for Wednesday, May 9, 1945:

Home Fronts

Russia – Victory celebrations in Moscow: 2 million people watch spectacular fireworks display.
Britain: Many Defense Regulations revoked.

Russian Front

German Army Group Kurland begins surrendering to Russians. 133,000 surrender (May 9-11).

Occupied countries

France: Surrender of German garrisons at La Rochelle, St Nazaire, Lorient and Channel Islands. Vice-Admiral Huffmeier, Commander of the Channel Islands garrison, surrenders aboard destroyer Bulldog.
Austria: Göring and Kesselring captured by Americans.
Norway: Reichskommissar Terboven commits suicide; aged 46. Quisling arrested by Resistance.
Greece: 20,000 German troops on Crete, Rhodes and other islands surrender to Allied troops.

Okinawa

Americans take Hill 60 and Kochi Ridge.

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