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I heard that unlike the surrender ceremonies in the Eastern front, those on the western front were arranged to be solemn, festive and pompous, especially when the cities were conceded without fighting.

Thus I would be glad for pointing at any footage and/or photos showing German surrender ceremonies in 1944-1945 in the West.

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Outside of the fighting in Germany itself (where surrender ceremonies could hardly be expected to have been festive), the Western Front was basically an intense, bitterly contested battle in a narrow area around Normandy, followed by an almost unopposed exploitation into open country. Except for fortified ports, there weren't many "surrender ceremonies" as such, just Allied patrols cautiously driving into some town, to be immediately mobbed by joyous crowds of civilians (sometimes amidst sniper fire, even.) More typical would be some kind of liberation ceremony held by the town authorities. – Evan Harper Aug 21 '12 at 23:24

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German Surrender at Rheims. The below photograph comes up on many pages, etc when searching for information on the surrender at Reims

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I also came across these videos. I cannot verify who posted the first one or where it originated from.

German Bohemia Surrender

Germans Surrender at Reims (This one was sited as being posted by

Finally this article may not be a picture or a video but it should be added. It is an article from the perspective of a British man(maybe a soldier) during the Channel Islands Surrender.

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Thanks. Indeed it seems Youtube has many such videos. I especially interested not in signing ceremonies by in the footage of ceding the city control, the surrender of troops etc. – Anixx Feb 14 '12 at 14:12
@Anixx It seems you would be very interested in some of those youtube videos. Enjoy – sealz Feb 14 '12 at 14:13

The following photo is a picture of Charles de Gaulle leading a large sector of his followers in a parade/ceremony of their retake of Paris. An example of the French being very proud/(pompous):

charles de gaulle victory ceremony

Victory parade at Tripoli:


Some more parades in Paris after the capitulation of German forces in the capital:

even more parades

I finally found a photo of the general German surrender in the Western Front in May 1945 to the Allies. Here is the photo (you can find others online):

may 1945 surrender

I'll try my best to find more to edit this answer later on.

In addition, the Germans were not so happy in having ceremonies because many of the devoted Nazis wanted to fight to the death (similar to Japanese soldiers across the world). You won't find many of these videos/photos online or in books. You are going to have to go to some museum or national library.

Also a link on the surrender marches of Germans found on Youtube: (

Good luck!

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My question was NOT about signing. It was about surrender ceremonies themselves. – Anixx Oct 28 at 1:05
Okay, @Anixx then the second one works then because it was an official surrender ceremony although the first one was more secluded. I'll edit my answer. – C. Guan Oct 28 at 1:07

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