Food for thought, It is believed that the war in Europe finished on 8th May 1945 with the surrender of the German General Staff. That was not the end of the fighting in Europe. A whole army in what is now the Czech Republic held out until 11th May, and a mixed Croat-German Army held out in Zagreb until 15th May 1945. The last German soldiers in the west to surrender was a team defending a weather station at Spitzbergen, they surrendered on 3rd September 1945, after having lost radio contact with Germany in May 1945. The Wehrmacht Magazine SIGNAL was still produced in Sweden in June 1945! The government formed by Admiral DÃ¶nitz ( the Weekend FÃ¼hrer) in Flensburg, was not arrested until 23rd May 1945, during this time the guards at the Naval Headquarters were fully armed members of the U-Boat arm. At least one U-Boat made it to a South American port without being captured, they just vanished into the crowd before the police could arrive. Kriegsmarine Minesweeper crews continued in service until the late 1940s. On the eastern front the Germans formed mixed groups of anti-stalin Russians and âBrandenburgersâ (German Special Forces in WW2). These fought behind the Russian lines hitting supply convoys etc. The last known group were cornered and wiped out in a forest in Estonia in 1952! So I ask the question, when did the war really finish in Europe? Cheers, Bill.