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May 11st, 1945   
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In the course of May 11 the troops of the LENINGRAD Front continued receiving the formations and units of the German Army Group Kurland that had capitulated. On May 9 and 10, 133,000 Nazi men and officers, including 14 generals, surrendered.

Among the generals taken prisoner were, apart from those announced earlier: Lieutenant-General Neuman, Commander of the 563rd Infantry Division; Lieutenant-General Strachwiz, Commander of the 87th Infantry Division; Major-General Henze, Commander of the 30th Infantry Division; Major-General Hoeman, Commander of the 263rd Infantry Division; Major-General Schultz, Commander of the 24th Infantry Division; and Major-General Bart, Commander of a combat group of the 21st Airfield Division. The following trophies were registered: 75 aircraft, 244 tanks and self-propelled guns; 948 guns; 323 mortars; 2,932 machineguns, 41,310 rifles and submachine-guns; 130 armored personnel carriers; 3,478 vehicles; 215 tractors, 223 radio stations; 3,332 carts loaded with military cargoes; 11,280 horses. POW reception and trophy stocktaking are going on.

The troops of the front seized the Kurland peninsula, reaching the coast of the Riga Bay and the Baltic Sea. 

In the mouth of the VISTULA river, the troops of the 3rd BELARUSSAIN Front finished the reception of the formations and units of the German troops that had capitulated and mopped up the last small groups and individual soldiers of enemy forces in the area seized by them. They received a total of over 20,000 Nazi men and officers and three generals taken prisoner. The following trophies were registered: 50 aircraft; 20 tanks and self-propelled guns; 300 guns; 134 mortars; 2,500 machineguns; 15,000 rifles and submachine-guns; 53 armored personnel carriers; 5,912 motor vehicles; 30 radio stations; 1,570 horses.

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. On May 9-11, 35,000 Nazi men and officers and seven generals surrendered. Among the generals taken prisoner was, apart from those announced earlier, Lieutenant-General Schlipper, Commander of the 12th Airfield Division. Apart from that, a 12,000-strong force commanded by garrison chief Lieutenant-General Wutman was taken prisoner on the BORHOLM island. A total of 47,000 men were taken prisoner on the front. Our troops seized the BORNHOLM island.

In the course of May 11, the troops of the 1st UKRAINIAN Front pursued the German troops of General-Fieldmarshal Scherner that had refused to capitulate, and advancing, seized in Czechoslovakia the towns of ZIGLE, KRALOVICE, RAKONITZ, KLADNO, BRANDIS, MELNIK, LISA NA LABE, MLADA BOLESLAV, DOBROVICE, BOUSOV, JICIN, GORITZE, JAROMER. In the area of CHEMNITZA and ROKITZAN (east of PILSEN), the troops of the front linked up with US troops. On May 9-11, the troops of the front took over 121,660 Nazi men and officers, surrendering in a disorderly manner, prisoner.

Among the generals taken prisoner were Lieutenant-General Kempf, Commander of the 31st SS Infantry Division; Lieutenant-General Stubenrauch, chief of the Air-Defense Research Institute; Major-General Petsch, Commandant of the town of GLATZ; and Major-General Hermann Bacher, construction department chief. The troops of the front captured 272 aircraft at five German aerodromes.

The troops of the 4th UKRAINIAN Front, pursuing the group of   German troops of General-Fieldmarshal Scherner that was retreating to the west, seized in Czechoslovakia the towns of NOVE BIDZOV, MESTEC KRALEVE, HLUMEC, KOLIN, KUTNA HORA. On May 9-11, the troops of the front took over 35,000 Nazi men and officers, surrendering in a disorderly manner, prisoner and captured the following trophies: 127 tanks and self-propelled guns; 820 guns; 510 mortars; 1,700 machineguns; over 15,000 rifles and submachine-guns; 1,500 vehicles; 6,000 carts loaded with military cargoes; 53 locomotives; 3,700 railway cars; 500 horses.

In the course of May 11, the troops of the 2nd UKRAINIAN Front pursued the German troops from the group of General-Fieldmarshal Scherner and Colonel-General Wehler and successfully advancing, seized in Czechoslovakia the towns of HOTEBOR, LEDEC, VLASIM, BISTRICE, MILICIN, JESTEBNICE, TABOR, PELGRIMOV, SOBESLAV. Northwest of the town of CESKE BUDEJOVICE, the troops of the front linked up with US troops. Simultaneously, the troops of front, advancing southeast of the town of CESKE BUDEJOVICE, seized in Austria the towns of GMUND, WEITRA, ZWETTL, OTTENSCHLAG and linked up with US troops southeast of LINZ.

On May 9-11, the troops of the front took over 98,000 Nazi men and officers and eight generals, surrendering in a disorderly manner, prisoner and captured the following trophies: 40 aircraft; 107 tanks and self-propelled guns; 175 guns; 468 vehicles; 1,560 carts loaded with military cargoes; 430 railway cars.

In the course of May 11, the troops of the 3rd UKRAINIAN Front pursued the German troops retreating to the west and as a result of successful actions, made a large part of enemy troops lay down arms.  In preliminary estimates, the troops of the front, fighting between May 9 and 11, took over 106,000 Nazi men and officers and five generals prisoner. The following trophies were captured: 238 aircraft; 214 tanks and self-propelled guns; 1,252 guns; 212 mortars; 12,000 machineguns; 25,000 rifles and submachine-guns; 5,600 vehicles; 214 locomotives; 5,260 railway cars; 2,570 carts loaded with military cargoes; 2,690 horses.

So, all in all, over 560,000 Nazi men and officers and 45 generals were taken prisoner on all fronts on May 9-11.

from "RIA Novosti" archives


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