Draft of Surrender of German High Command on 4 May 1945

Original draft of Instrument of Surrender of All German Armed Forces – 4 May 1945

Original carbon copy draft of the “Instrument of Surrender of All German Armed Forces in HOLLAND, in Northeast Germany including all islands and in DENMARK. ”

4 May 1945. Foolscap page, typescript carbon copy with handwritten addition and corrections in ink. Titled as above, then followed by seven (7) typescript sections, the first with the handwritten addition pertaining to navel assets. Document is signed in ink at lower left: “B.L. Montgomery/ Field Marshal/ 4th May 1945/ 1830 hours.” Names typed in descending order at right bottom: Friedeburg, Kinsel, Wagner, Pollok (sic), Friedl.

Note: This draft does not contain the signatures of the German officers. Handwritten sections indicate slight variances of spacing and spelling not present in the fully signed copy retained in the collection of The Imperial War Museums in the UK. Additionally the typescript names of the German signatories are absent in the Imperial War Museum’s copy, which must be regarded as the final executed draft.

All items given to Lt. Col. Trumbull Warren, OBE, ED by Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL. Warren was Field Marshall Montgomery’s Personal Assistant in the TAC 21 Army Group HQ from January 1944 to the end of the war.

Associated place
Luneburg Heath, Germany
Associated event
Signing of Instrument of Surrender by German Forces, 4 May 1945
Associated name(s)
Lt. Col. Trumbull Warren, OBE, ED; Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL
1939 – 1945 (WW 2)
Location of artifact
Case 24/25 WWII
Official Correspondence, Documents


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Bill Jensen
5 March 2023 10:11 am

The image of the map requires a caption. Also we should include a photo of the surrender int he gallery.