May 09th, 1945   
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Photo M. Redkin (from RIA Novosti Archive)

At 11 p m on May 8, between TUKUMUS and LIBAVA, the German Army Group Kurland, consisting of the 16th and 18th Field Armies and commanded by General of Infantry Gilpert, stopped resistance and started turning personnel and combat equipment over to the troops of the LENINGRAD Front. The troops of the front seized the towns of LIBAVA (LIEPAJA), PAVILOSTA, AIZPUTE, SKRUNDA, SALDUS, SABILE, KANDAVA, TUKUMUS. By the evening of May 9, over 45,000 Nazi men and officers had surrendered to the troops of the Front.  The reception of POWs is going on.

In the mouth of the VISTULA river east of DANZIG and on the PUTZIGER NEHRUNG Spit northeast of GDYNYA, the groups of German troops, driven to the sea coast, stopped resistance and from the morning of May 9 began to surrender personnel and combat equipment to the troops of the 3rd and 2nd BELARUSSIAN Fronts. By the evening of May 9, 11,000 Nazi men and officers had surrendered to the troops the 3rd BYLORUSSIAN Front and 10,000 – to the troops of the 2nd BELARUSSIAN Front. The reception of POWs is going on.

A group of German troops in Czechoslovakia, trying to avoid capitulation to Soviet troops, is hastily retreating to the west and southwest.

As a result of a quick maneuver carried out at night, the troops of the 1st UKRAINIAN Front crushed enemy resistance and on May 9 at 4 a m liberated PRAGUE, the capital of the allied CZECHOSLOVAKIA and seized in CZECHOSLOVAKIA the towns of CHOMUTOV, KADAN, BILINA, LOUNY. Advancing southeast of DRESDEN, the troops of the front seized the towns of PIRNU, SEBNITZ, NEUGERSDORF, ZITTAU, FRYDLANT, LAUBAN, GREIFENBERG, HIRSHBERG,WARMBRUNN. Simultaneously, southwest and south of BRESALVL, the troops of the front seized the towns of LANDESHUT, GOTTESBERG, WALDENBURG, SCHWEIDNTIZ, REICHENBACH, LANGENBIELAU, FRANKENSTEIN, PATSCHKAU, WARTA, GLATZ, LANDECK.

In Czechoslovakia, the troops of the 4th UKRAINIAN Front seized the towns of SILPERK, MUGLITZ, MORAWSKA TREUBAU, LITOVEL, PROSTEJOV.

Rapidly advancing, the troops of the 2nd UKRAINIAN Front seized in Czechoslovakia the towns of VELKE MEZIRICE, JIHLAVA, BROD, BENESOV, TRZEBICH.

In Austria, the troops of the 3rd UKRAINIAN Front seized the towns of LOOSDORF, WIESELBURG, AMSTETTEN, MURZZUSCHLAG, BRUCK, GRAZ and linked up with US troops in the area of AMSTETTEN.

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