Seventy-five years ago today, 4 May 1945, von Friedeberg’s delegation returned to Montgomery’s tactical headquarters at Lüneburg with authorisation to accept the unconditional surrender of German forces in Holland, northern Germany and Denmark. Montgomery had invited a full press corps to the event, which took place that evening within his tented command caravan, lit by floodlights powered by a generator. The signing of the one-page surrender instrument by five German senior commanders was recorded by photographers but also newsreel cameramen using the new technology of synchronised sound. Montgomery relished the moment that, in the words of one Allied officer, he had been rehearsing all his life. Back in Kent the men of No.8401 AD Wing, including my father, conducted practice convoys to get use to the challenge of driving trucks and men hundreds of miles in perfect order.


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Chris is one of more than a dozen specialists whose essays fill this fresh examination of the charms of Paris, which is edited by John Flower. Looking at the French capital's history, culture and districts, each item can be read in just half a minute and is beautifully illustrated with its own collage-style spread.

Ivy Press, 2018

ISBN 9781782405443

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