Read an Eyewitness Account of the German Surrender in World War II



During World War II, hundreds of photographers and reporters were dispersed around the world on behalf of the Associated Press. In 1945, when the war ended, the agency publishedReporting to Remember, an anthology of first-hand accounts of what they saw, alongside great photographs like the one shown here. For the 70th anniversary of V-E Day — May 8, 1945 — Rosetta Books is republishing those accounts as the e-book World War II: Unforgettable Stories and Photographs by Correspondents of the Associated Press.

The following essay, In a Schoolhouse at Rheims, Four Copies Were Signed, by Relman Morin, who died in 1973, is an excerpt from that book.

Shortly after midnight, the clouds crept down on Rheims from the north, blotting out the stars and the pale yellow curve of the moon. The cathedral spire, a dark dagger against the sky, melted into blackness and then disappeared…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on May 9, 2015, in First-hand Accounts, WWII and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. I was able to find a copy of “Reporting to Remember!”, 1945, for about $20. This from the preface by Hal Boyle, veteran AP correspondent: “No velvet delusions about warfare exist among the troops. They want to know the truth. To write the news as they want it told seems to me the highest function of the battlefront reporter.”
    “In a Schoolhouse at Rheims, Four Copies Were Signed”, by Relman Morin is on page 61 of this spiral bound soft cover book that survived the decades in remarkably good condition and a humbling experience to hold in ones hands and read.


  2. What an absolutely incredible moment. The account is so detailed you feel as though you were there!


  3. Thanks for reblogging this Time article!
    Best wishes from the four of us, Dina Xx


  4. What an account. The descriptions were so good, that I was almost able to visualize the occupants, and feel the drama in that room.
    As another commented, I wonder why Gen Eisenhower wasn’t in the room.


  5. An excellent account of a moment when the end of a bloody war was recognized.
    You could have been a spectator in that room, at that time with that account.


  6. It’s cyclic. As they say, “What goes around comes around”.


  7. Great eye-witness account. Old school here also and don’t have a reader, nook or anything!

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  8. On this excerpt: It’s interesting that IKE wasn’t in the room during the signing of the surrender .


  9. Thanks for sharing that. Great read.


  10. How can I send a pps to you?


  11. A wonderful account, and a beautiful photograph of Staff Sergeant Moore.

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  12. I had no idea there was a book like this.


    • This will be an E-book and I do not have a Reader of any sort so I looked up the “Reporting to Remember” and only located one copy on Amazon for ~ $26. I wish they would reprint it (even though I stress the Pacific War – it’s still history I’d like to read!!)


  13. Incredible story! Thank you for posting this! Not only was it informative, but well written! Christine


  14. Thanks for that. I wonder if they will publish it in real copy.


  15. I can well believe the sense of unreality

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  16. Time magazine was a window on the world gp, so this should be an excellent read.
    Good re-blog!
    Best wishes, Pete.


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