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Germany's leader at the end of the war - Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz.
The historic document issued by Adolf Hitler's successor which officially marked Germany's surrender in the Second World War has come to light and is tipped to sell for £15,000.
The typed dispatch ifrom German president Karl Doenitz on May 7, 1945 announced to the Nazi high command the unconditional surrender to the Allies.
Doenitz, who had been commander of the German navy up until Hitler's death, sent a telex message to his 14 commanders in the field informing them of the immediate surrender 'to save as many people as possible for Germany'.
Describing the action as 'unavoidable', Doenitz instructed officers to abandon all fighting or face the wrath of the Allies.