THE SHAEF TICKER-TAPE ANNOUNCEMENT OF GENERAL EISENHOWER'S "TOTAL CEASE FIRE ORDER", (FWD-20801) ANNOUNCING THE UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER OF GERMANY. 2 leaves of SHAEF proforma "SHAEF MESSAGE FORM", unmarked and undated,

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THE SHAEF TICKER-TAPE ANNOUNCEMENT OF GENERAL EISENHOWER'S "TOTAL CEASE FIRE ORDER", (FWD-20801) ANNOUNCING THE UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER OF GERMANY.
2 leaves of SHAEF proforma "SHAEF MESSAGE FORM", unmarked and undated,

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12 Jun 2018, 13:00 EDT

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THE SHAEF TICKER-TAPE ANNOUNCEMENT OF GENERAL EISENHOWER'S "TOTAL CEASE FIRE ORDER", (FWD-20801) ANNOUNCING THE UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER OF GERMANY.
2 leaves of SHAEF proforma "SHAEF MESSAGE FORM", unmarked and undated, but stamped five times over the two leaves "US CONFIDENTIAL (EQUALS BRITISH CONFIDENTIAL)," with 17 lines of pasted ticker-tape text announcing the Surrender of the German High Command at 0140 hours Central European Time, and the general orders for a ceasefire. Some light spotting to upper right corners.

Likely an American file copy of the SHAEF "Total Cease Fire Order" (FWD-20801). This was the message sent out a few hours after the signing of the first surrender at SHAEF's HQ in Rheims on 7th May 1945, sent out to every part of the Allied Military structure. The first communiques were sent out to the Combined Chiefs of Staff and the Joint British and American Command and read "The Mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7th, 1945," but the information had not been sent to the 3 million men and women of the Allied Expeditionary Force. This is the form of the final 4th version addressed to all members of Eisenhower's Command. Normally they were sent over telex devices but this one is a rare full ticker-tape printing of Eisenhower's message, almost certainly received by an American operator, hence the US confidential stamps. The three-paragraph message reads:

A reputable representative of the German High Command signed the unconditional surrender of all German land, sea, and air forces in Europe to the Allied Expeditionary Force and simultaneously to the Soviet High Command at 0141 hours Central European time, seven may under which all forces will cease active operations at 0001 hours nine may.
Effective immediately all offensive operations by Allied Expeditionary Forces will cease and troops will remain in present positions. Moves involved in occupational duties will continue. Due to difficulties of communication there will be some delay in similar orders reaching enemy troops so full defensive precautions will be taken.
All informed down to and including Divisions, Tactical Air Commands, and groups, base sections, and equivalent. NO repeat NO release will be made to the Press pending an announcement by the heads of the three governments.


Unfortunately the Russian Command did not like this surrender document, and a second surrender document was signed in Berlin, at 1 am on the 9th May. With these simple words, Eisenhower stopped the war in Europe.

The release of the information about the Signing of the Surrender caused a big scandal. 17 correspondents of the worlds press had been flown into Rheims from Paris, but on the plane they had to agree to a non disclosure clause, pending authorization form PR director of SHAEF with a news blackout until 8pm the following day, the 8th May, (because of the second signing ceremony arranged for Berlin). They all attended and went back to Paris, where Edward Kennedy of AP newswire broke his agreement and telegraphed Head Office with news of the scoop. AP got the first headline, but all the other correspondents complained, AP apologized, and Kennedy lost his job!
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