This week in the War, 21–27 May 1945: British troops arrest Grand Admiral Doenitz

British troops arrest Grand Admiral Doenitz in Flensburg, 23 May 1945; behind Doenitz in a civilian raincoat is Albert Speer and to his right is German Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Alfred Jodl [Public domain]

This week in the war, on 23 May 1945, British troops arrested Grand Admiral Doenitz, who had been leader of Germany since the death of Hitler on 30 April.

Doenitz and cabinet members of his government—known as the Flensburg government—were taken into custody in the German port of Flensburg.

Doenitz was known the world over as the Commander in Chief of the German U-boat fleet during the Battle of the Atlantic.

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