65th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe

45th Division News Extra: War Ends

Felix A. Cizewski's copy of the 45th Division News Extra edition, May 13, 1945, announcing the end of the war in Europe. The full edition and larger images are on my family history web site: 45th Division News (The original has been donated to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center which hold the copyright on reproductions of this copy.)

65 years ago, my father, Felix A. Cizewski, got the news that Germany surrendered. The Germans had been defeated in the 45th Infantry Division’s area of operations and the 45th had halted in and around Munich and Dachau a few days earlier.

As positive as this was, Felix did not yet know his fate. At this point, nothing indicated that he was going home. Was he to remain in Germany on occupation duty or be transferred to the Pacific for the war with Japan.

For the first time, foreign troops were in the annual Moscow victory parade The U.S. unit was  C Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. This unit’s history includes landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Allied Troops to Join 10,500 Russian Soldiers in Victory Parade by Alexander Bratersky,The Moscow Times, May 7, 2010.

Link: Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center


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