VE Day - the unknown British colonel who drafted the terms of German surrender - BBC News

VE Day – the unknown British colonel who drafted the terms of German surrender – BBC News

75 years ago, in May 1945, the Second World War ended in Europe. The surrender document signed by Germany was drafted not by senior diplomats or ministers but by a little-known officer in the British Army.

John Counsell was by training an actor and theatre manager. Few people, including his own daughters, had realised the role that he played on VE Day.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Reeta Chakrabarti.


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