8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ formal acceptance of the unconditional surrender of Germany’s armed forces. It was a momentous day that many Veterans remember clearly. For some Bletchley Park staff, however, VE Day did not feel as significant. The war with Japan was not over and intelligence work needed to continue. Some veterans were also apprehensive about returning to civilian life after so many years in uniform. However, for many it was a time of relief that the war was over in Europe, and a realisation that soldiers who had survived the war would be returning home. Britain and the Allied countries could begin to rebuild and work on agreements, legislation and organisations to ensure peace for the foreseeable future. VE Day, for many, marked the end of wartime and the beginning of a new way of life.
VE Day 75
VE Day 75
1 / 10 — This handwritten document is the first page of a six-page W/T (wireless traffic) Red Form containing the terms of Germany’s surrender to the Allies. The surrender, signed at Reims in France, signified the end of European conflict in World War Two. The official text of the message, in English rather than German, was sent to the remnants of the Nazi government in Lüneburg, on the Danish-German border, by radio, carried partly on British wireless links. It was taken down on 7 May 1945 by George Curd, a Wireless Intercept Operator at Beaumanor Y Station who allegedly picked up the message while on ‘search’ duty. The document was donated by Henrietta ‘Netta’ Curd, George’s wife and also a Wireless Intercept Operator at Beaumanor, who did not know about the document for over 40 years.