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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.<br />
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The typed dispatch ifrom German president Karl Doenitz on May 7, 1945 announced to the Nazi high command the unconditional surrender to the Allies.<br />
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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'.<br />
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Describing the action as 'unavoidable', Doenitz instructed officers to abandon all fighting or face the wrath of the Allies.