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Signed typed note, signed « Dwight D. Eisenhower », [Reims] 7 May 1945 ; 1 page in-4 format, typed on letterhead stationery in red “Top Secret / Shaef Forward / Staff Message Control / Outgoing Message,” with the reference N° FWD-20798 (SCAF 355); autograph signature (traces of previous framing); in English. Important historical document, announcing the cease-fire and marking the end of the war in Europe. As Chief of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), Eisenhower chose the least emphatic phrasing and a sober military wording: « The mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7th, 1945 ». The message was sent at « 0324 (3h24) », less than an hour after the surrender of the German forces.
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