Table of Data Points
|1945-05-09||1945-05-16||Channel Islands Liberated|
The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey are liberated. The German garrison on Alderney did not surrender until the 16th, one of the last Nazi outposts to capitulate.
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Stutthof, the first concentration camp built inside Germany, was the last liberated by Allied forces. Soviet troops arrive to find 100 prisoners still alive. Of the 110,000 deported there during the war over 85,000 had died.
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Generaloberst Alfred Jodl signs the instruments of undconditional surrender on behalf of the new German president Karl Donitz. Jodl was later tried and executed for war crimes.
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|1945-05-06||Last Axis Sally|
Axis Sally gave her last broadcast, just two days before the German surrender. After the war Mildred Gillars blended into the mass of displaced civilians, but was captured and flown to the United States for trial in 1948.
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Czech resistance troops fight to liberate Prague from German occupying troops at the end of the war. The clash ended in a ceasefire a day before red army troops arrive.
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The 41st Recon Squad of the US 11th Armored Division led by S/SGT Albert J. Kosiek arrive at Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. It had been one of the largest labour camps in Europe and had resulted in the deaths of between 122,766 and 320,000 inmates.
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The last major offensive on the Eastern front. Fought after the fall of Berlin and VE day. Soviet troops liberate Prague and capture or kill the remaining German troops in Army Group Center.
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British troops liberated Neuengamme concentration camp. Over half of it's 106,000 inmates had died by the end of the war.
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|1945-05-03||Lubeck Bay Ships|
Unaware of the true nature of their targets, RAF Typhoons of 83 Group of the 2nd Tactical Air Force attack three prison ships in Lubeck Bay, Deutschland, Thielbek, and Cap Arcona. Thousands of prisoners are killed.
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|1945-05-03||British in Hamburg|
British troops capture Hamburg. The city is not defended.
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