83rd Infantry Division begins withdrawing Elbe bridgehead because of
imminent arrival of Soviet troops. 30th Infantry establishes contact
with Red Army forces at the Elbe.
83rd Infantry Division completes withdrawal of Elbe bridgehead and turns
over its zone to 30th Infantry Division, to which 113th Cavalry Group is
attached. XIX Corps contact with enemy ends as Soviet forces arrive
along the Elbe in 30th Infantry Division zone at 1700.
German High Command surrenders all land, sea, and air forces
unconditionally to Allied forces. The surrender act signed at Reims at
0414 B Central European Time, to become effective at 0001 B 9 May. Upon
receipt of this news in the field, all offensive operations are
immediately halted, and organization of defensive positions is begun.
President Harry S. Truman proclaims 8 May V - E Day.
All hostilities in the European Theater of Operations are officially
terminated at 0001 B as surrender act becomes effective.