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Original Third Reich Personality Autographed Copy of the Allied Instrument Of Surrender Terms And Conditions Unique DONITZ KARL: (1891-1980) German Naval Commander of World War II, succeeded Adolf Hitler as head of state of Germany in the position of acting President of Germany April - May 1945. Donitz was convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials and sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. Signed souvenir copy of the Instrument of Surrender of All German armed forces in Holland, in northwest Germany including all islands, and in Denmark, one page, 4to, n.p., 26th February 1978. The souvenir copy of this historic document comprises seven clauses in which the German forces agree to 'lay down their arms and to surrender unconditionally' with effect from 5th May 1945, and bears the facsimile signatures of Field Marshal B. L. Montgomery, who dated the document 4th May 1945 at 18.30 hours, Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, General Eberhard Kinzel, Rear Admiral Gerhard Wagner, Colonel Fritz Poleck and Major Hans Jochen Freidel. Signed ('Donitz') in bold blue fountain pen ink to the upper right corner and dated 26th February 1978 in his handKarl Donitz, nominated President and Supreme Commander of the German Armed Forces by Adolf Hitler in his last will and testament, did not consider it appropriate to negotiate personally with a Field Marshal "Montgomery", and therefore sent the German delegation to meet Montgomery at Luneberg Heath and sign the unconditional surrender. Secure delivery arranged.

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