This Week In History: Wk 19 (7 May 1945)
Germany Surrenders To Allied Forces
After six years of war, Germany surrenders and Europe is at peace once again.
In 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender to the Allied forces led by the USSR, Great Britain and the USA. Adolph Hitler, the leader of Germany under Nazi rule, is believed to have committed suicide one week earlier when it became clear that his forces could not win the war. In Asia, fighting between the Allied forces and Japan continued for another four months until Japan also surrendered and the Second World War was finally over.
surrender (verb): stop resisting; admit defeat
unconditional (adj): without conditions
surrender (noun): an act of surrendering
Allied forces (noun): the countries that opposed Germany/Italy/Japan in World War II
commit suicide (verb): kill oneself
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey