Color Photos of Germany's WWII Surrender

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Photo: Ronald Playforth

Early in May, 1945, officers from the German army and Gestapo met with Allied commanders, including Field Marshall Montgomery to offer their country's surrender at his headquarters near Hamburg.  Interestingly, the only color photographs of this event were taken by a clerk, Ronald Playforth, who hid in the trees during the meeting.

Thequintessential wrote a brief synopsis of this event:


His pictures show Admiral Hans Georg von Friedeburg, the most senior member of the delegation, General Eberhard Kinzel, chief of staff of the north west Germany army, and Major Friedl, a 6ft 6ins Gestapo chief. They were received by Field Marshall Montgomery, with his customary black beret and army uniform, who, when the Germans tried to negotiate, reportedly gave them a ‘tongue lashing’ about the bombing of Coventry and the horrors of Belsen. The delegation reported back to their HQ and Admiral Karl Doenitz – Hitler’s successor – and were given permission to sign the surrender papers, which they did the next day, May 4. When it was all over Montgomery is said to have leaned back and said simply: ‘That concludes the surrender.’


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@ Babyhip- Yes that choice of words was deliberately chosen as a groce understatement.

But with the 6 million people killed by the Nazi's, they still stand well in the shadow of the Russians who killed several millions of their own more......

Neil please do some more research- Belsen HAS happened- as did all those other camps of human distruction- Apart from what the Zionists did with it after those attrocities.
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Foreigner1,
to say "the Nazi's...were Bad Guys" is a bit of an understatement, don't you think? They did, afterall, murder some six million innocent men, women, and children. Questionable morales? Really?
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(1) The Briitsh bombed civilians first.

(2) Belsen = vicious war propaganda upon which the world power distribution (in other words, ZIONISM) hinges, lie upon lie upon obfuscated truth upon lie protected from criticism by lengthy prison sentences is most nations ruled by Jewish media oligarchs and by career-crippling stigma in the US.

(3) The international Jewish nation started and emerged as the only victor of the war.

So there.

Before you tell me how "ignorant" I am or how your folks took you to Dachau and Anne Frank's house (a wee bit more complicated than that), do us both a favor and have a gander at the words of Jewish hero and defector Benjamin Freedman.
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