Vincent Speranza is a 95-year-old veteran who posts incredibly rich stories about his time in service on his Facebook page, talking about friendships, his family, and about his incredible and lengthy time in service to the United States of America. He is a talented storyteller.
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Speranza, a retired history teacher with the NY City Board of Education, often writes out detailed memorizes of his on his Facebook page for enthusiastic readers. This week he wrote about his experience being at Hitler’s Eagles Nest while serving with the 101st Airborne.
On the anniversary of Germany’s surrender, May 8th, he wrote of his incredible eyewitness to history:
“On the 8th of May 1945, I was at Hitler’s Eagles Nest with my buddies Steve Pentek and Joe Willis when we got the news, Germany has surrendered”.
“There was no cheering or congratulations; that came later, only a grim, angry, exclamation. It’s about time you bastards. You knew months ago you were beat, why the hell didn’t you quit then”.
“Look at how many lives were lost, on both sides, unnecessarily, because of your stupid fanaticism. Rot in hell you bastards”.
Great pic of the US 101 Airborne, Easy Company from my favourite series ever, Band Of Brothers. They took Hitlers Eagles Nest and ‘liberated’ Herman Goering’s alcohol collection! 👍🏻😂🇺🇸
I have watched Band of Brothers at least once a year for the past 10 years, fantastic. pic.twitter.com/7ZKDiwVxH2
— Dave † 🇬🇧🏴🇺🇸🎸🎶 (@daveguitarjones) February 19, 2021
“Now I don’t claim to know how others greeted the news, but those were OUR emotions at that time. Later, after a few drinks, we succumbed to the general feeling of relief that we had made it and would see our homes and families again. May 8th, 1945 was indeed a great day. Vince,” he wrote on Facebook.
— Bobbie☀️ (@bo66ie29) May 7, 2021
According to the History.com:
Germany surrenders unconditionally to the Allies at Reims
On May 7, 1945, the German High Command, in the person of General Alfred Jodl, signs the unconditional surrender of all German forces, East and West, at Reims, in northeastern France.
At first, General Jodl hoped to limit the terms of the German surrender to only those forces still fighting the Western Allies. But General Dwight Eisenhower demanded a complete surrender of all German forces, those fighting in the East as well as in the West. If this demand was not met, Eisenhower was prepared to seal off the Western front, preventing Germans from fleeing to the West in order to surrender, thereby leaving them in the hands of the enveloping Soviet forces. Jodl radioed Grand Admiral Karl Donitz, Hitler’s successor, with the terms. Donitz ordered him to sign. So with Russian General Ivan Susloparov and French General Francois Sevez signing as witnesses, and General Walter Bedell Smith, Ike’s chief of staff, signing for the Allied Expeditionary Force, Germany was—at least on paper—defeated. Fighting would still go on in the East for almost another day. But the war in the West was over.
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Since General Susloparov did not have explicit permission from Soviet Premier Stalin to sign the surrender papers, even as a witness, he was quickly hustled back East and into the hands of the Soviet secret police. Alfred Jodl, who was wounded in the assassination attempt on Hitler on July 20, 1944, would be found guilty of war crimes (which included the shooting of hostages) at Nuremberg and hanged on October 16, 1946. He was later granted a pardon, posthumously, in 1953, after a German appeals court found him not guilty of breaking international law.
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