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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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|1944-12-24||Battle of the Bulge|
The furthest westward penetration made by the German attack was by the 2nd Panzer Division of the Fifth Panzer Army, coming to less than 16 km of the Meuse River.
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In the north The 6th SS Panzer Army assaulted the Losheim Gap and the Elsenborn Ridge in an effort to break through to Lige. In the center The 5th Panzer Army attacked towards Bastogne and St. Vith. in the South The 7th Army pushed towards Luxembourg.
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Allied troops liberate Marseille as part of the Operation Dragoon, the allied invasion of the southern France.
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Allied troops liberate Toulon as part of the Operation Dragoon, the allied invasion of the southern France.
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The allied invasion of southern France was initiated by an amphibious assault by elements of the U.S. Seventh Army, with a follow-up force made up primarily of the French First Army.
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Alencon is the first French city liberated solely by French troops. General Philippe Leclerc's 2nd Armoured Division captured the city.
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The German 7th and 5th Panzer Armies became encircled by the allied advance following Operation Cobra, the successful breakout from Normandy. The bulk of Germany's forces west of the River Seine are destroyed.
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As German troops start to withdraw from Caen, Allied troops break out of the Cotentin Peninsula and move rapidly through Britany.
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An attack carried out by II Canadian Corps designed to break out of the Normandy lodgment. Strong German defense of Verrieres ridge and active counter attacks inflict heavy casualties and prevent the breakout. Canadians suffer 1500 casualties.
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