May 10th, 1945   
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Photo M. Trakhman (from RIA Novosti Archive)

In the course of May 10 the troops of the LENINGRAD Front continued receiving the formations and units of the German Army Group Kurland that had capitulated. By 8 am on May 10, 68,578 Nazi men and non-commissioned officers, 1,982 officers and 13 generals had surrendered.

Among the generals were General of Infantry Gilpert, Commander of the   German Army Group Kurland; Lieutenant-General Volkamer, Commander of the 16th Army; Lieutenant-General Behe, Commander of the 18th Army; Lieutenant-General Gause, Commander of the 2nd Army Corps; Major-General Shaatz, Commander of the 122nd Infantry Division; Major-General Cheling, Commander of the 126th  Infantry Division; Lieutenant-General Mennel, Commander of the 329th Infantry Division. The following trophies were registered: 143 tanks and self-propelled guns; 68 aircraft; 532 guns; 146 mortars, 1,421 machineguns; 8,870 rifles and assault rifles; 50 armored personnel carriers; 1,112 vehicles; 106 tractors; 104 radio stations; 470 carts loaded with military cargoes; 3,313 horses.  POW reception and trophy stocktaking are going on.

The troops of the front seized the towns of VINDAVA (VENTSPILS), TALSI, KULDIGA.

In the mouth of the VISTULA river, the troops of the 3rd BYELORUSSAIN Front continued receiving the formations and units of the German troops that had capitulated. By the evening of May 10, over 20,000 Nazi men and officers had surrendered.  Among those taken prisoner are General of Infantry Hochbaum, Commander of the 18th  German Mountain Corps;  Lieutenant-General Rappart,  Commander of the 7th Infantry Division; Major-General Verheim, Commander of the 28th Infantry Division. The following trophies were registered: 50 aircraft; 20 tanks; 40 guns; 30 armored personnel carriers; and 500 vehicles.

In the mouth of the VISTULA river east of DANZIG and on the PUTZIGER NEHRUNG Spit northeast of GDYNYA, the troops of the 2nd BELARUSSIAN Front continued receiving the German troops that had capitulated. By 11 a m on May 10, 30,500 Nazi men and officers had surrendered. Among those taken prisoner are general of the Armor von Saucken, Commander of the German 2nd Army; Lieutenant-General Shirmer, Commander of the 23rd Infantry Division; Lieutenant-General Beck, Commander of the 31st Infantry Division; Lieutenant-General Richard, Commander of the 35th Infantry Division; Major-General Gebocke, Commander of the 203rd Infantry Division; Lieutenant-General Berken, Commander of the 558th Grenadier Division.

The troops of the front seized the whole of the PUTZIGER NEHRUNG Spit and the port of HEL. 

In violation of the capitulation act, the German troops commanded by General-Fieldmarshal Scherner refused to stay where they were and lay down arms. In view of his, the troops of the 1st UKRAINIAN Front attacked the troops commanded by General-Fieldmarshal Scherner and advancing, seized in Czechoslovakia the towns of PODBORANY, NOVE-STRASECE, BEROUN, HORDZOVICE, DOBRIS, KRALUPY, ROUDNICE, LITOMERICE, CESKA LIPA, LIBEREC, JANLONEC, TANVALD, TRUTNOV, GOSTINI, CESKE SKALICE. Faced with the threat of being encircled by our troops, the group of General-Fieldmarshal Scherner began to surrender in a disorderly manner.

On May 9 and 10, the troops of the 1st UKRAINIAN Front took over 35,000 Nazi men and officers prisoner. Another group of the troops commanded by General-Fieldmarshal Scherner also violated the terms of capitulation and started retreating westward. The troops of the 4th UKRAINIAN Front, pursuing this group of troops, seized in Czechoslovakia the towns of RICHNOV, KOSTELEC, ZAMBERK, KISPERK, USTI, LITOMYSL, CVITAU, POLICKA, BOSKOVICE, TINISTE, HRADEC KRALJEVSKI, PARDUBICE, HRUDIM, CASLAV. On May 9 and 10, the troops of the front took over 20,000 Nazi men and officers prisoner.

The German troops commanded by Colonel-General Wehler also violated the capitulation act, refusing to stay where they were and lay down arms. This is why the troops of the 2nd UKRAINIAN front attacked the troops commanded by Colonel-general Wehler and advancing, seized in Czechoslovakia the towns of GUMPOLDS, TREST, TELC, DACICE, SLAVONICE, JINDRICH HRADEC, VESELE MEZIMESTI, TREBON, CESKE BUDEJOVICE. On May 9 and 10, the troops of the front took over 8,000 Nazi men and officers prisoner.

The troops of the 3rd UKRAINIAN Front, fighting in Austria, seized the towns of WAIDHOFEN, LEOBEN, SAINT MICHAEL and linked up with British troops west of the town of GRAZ. Over 23,000 Nazi men and officers, including four generals, from Colonel-General Wehler’s troops  surrendering in a disorderly manner, were taken prisoner by our troops on May  9 and 10. 

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