82 Cranborne to Chifley

Cablegram D769 LONDON, 7 May 1945, 10.19 a.m.

MOST IMMEDIATE TOP SECRET AND PERSONAL

My telegram D.768. [1]

The surrender of all German Forces in Europe to Allied Expeditionary Force and the Soviet High Command was signed at 0141 hours this morning, Monday 7th May by representatives of the German High Command and General Eisenhower and General Suslaparov [2] to take effect midnight Tuesday-Wednesday May 8-9th.

Please treat above with complete secrecy for the moment. No release of the news is being made pending simultaneous announcement by the United Kingdom, United States and Soviet Governments. This is at present fixed for 3 p.m. B.S.T. Tuesday 8th May. If any change in this arrangement is made I will let you know at once.

1 Dispatched 6 May. In AA : A3195, 1945, Folder, Most Secret, Inwards from Secretary of State, D1-1/1/45 to D1149-3/7/45, I.14936. It reported that discussions on the surrender were continuing.

2 Soviet Liaison Officer at Eisenhower's headquarters.

[AA : A1066, H45/1013/2/2/2]