General Jodl signs the surrender document at Reims
May 7, 1945 Germany signed an unconditional surrender today bringing to an end six years of war in Europe. The official signing took place at a schoolhouse in Reims, northeastern France, which served as the advance headquarters of the supreme commander in Europe, General Dwight D Eisenhower.
The signing, which took place in the early hours, was carried out "on a cold and businesslike basis." Afterwards, General Gustav Jodl, of Germany, spoke briefly, saying the Germans had given themselves up "for better or worse into the victors' hands".
The document was signed by General Bedell Smith for the Allied commander, General Ivan Susloparov for Russia and General Francois Sevez for France. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill broadcast his announcement from the Cabinet room at 10 Downing Street.