Auction 102

Lot 69:

SOVIETS WARN OF ANNIHILATION OF GERMAN TROOPS

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Soviet propaganda leaflet issued by the Soviet command to all German troops on the last day of WWII demanding an immediate halt to all military action and warning that all the noncomplying troops and individuals will be eliminated, dated May 8, 1945, 6.25 x 9.25 inches, in German. In part: ‘…on 7. May 1945 the Supreme Command of the Wehrmacht [OKW] signed the unconditional surrender at Reims of all German troops…effective 8. May 1945 at 23 o’clock…I demand: stop all acts of war and surrender the weapons…I warn: if the German soldiers, officers and generals do not follow my orders…I will order the total annihilation of the German troops…’ The leaflet is signed by the Supreme Commander of the 4. Ukrainian Front, Army General Andrey Jeremenko (Yeryomenko). Very good.

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