World War II: Fall of the Third Reich
World War II in Europe from Stalingrad to the fall of Berlin (14 May 1945)
Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean
The unconditional surrender of Germany on May 8 marked the end of the War in Europe. The cost had been huge, leaving perhaps 35 million dead. Among them were two-thirds of Europe's Jews, who had been systematically exterminated by the Nazis. And although the war was finally over, the outcome was a Europe dominated by the United States and the Soviet Union.
In the last major Soviet operation of World War II in Europe, forces of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and its allies attack Germany's Army Group Centre and Army Group Ostmark in Czechoslovakia and Austria, leading to the capitulation of German forces in Central Europe and the liberation of Prague.
Germans sign Instrument of Surrender
Representatives of the German armed forces sign the Instrument of Surrender in Berlin, along with representatives of the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom (on behalf of the Western Allies, who had also overseen a surrender ceremony in Reims earlier that day)
Victory in Europe
Allied occupation of Norway
British forces, starting with the 1st Airborne Division in Operation Doomsday and followed by Force 134, maintain order in Norway until the full restoration of the Norwegian government and its armed forces