The end in North Africa
12th May 1943: The German and Italian generals finally acknowledge the reality of their situation - and they formally surrender
As Churchill arrived in the USA to discuss the future of the war, he received a telegram from North Africa:
12th May 1943
General Alexander to Prime Minister
The end is very near. Von Arnim has been captured, and prisoners will most likely be over 150,000. All organised resistance has collapsed, and only pockets of enemy are still holding out. It appears that we have taken over 1,000 guns, of which 180 are 88-mm, 250 tanks, and many thousands of motor vehicles, many of which are serviceable. German prisoners driving their own vehicles formed a dense column on the road from Grombalia to Medjez el Bab all day to-day.
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