On May 1st near Biella, Italy, Commanding General Schlemmer surrendered the whole of the 75th German Corps to Maj. Gen. Charles L. Bolte of the 34th Division. Among the 40,000 troops of the 75th, the 34. Infanterie-Division - the German 34th. Members of the 34th were issued this souvenir for the occassion.
FRONT - note the right hand corener where the 34. Infantrie Deutschland Insignia was attached.
Volume I Number 8 • May 12, 1945
Germany surrendered unconditionally May 8, 1945, six days after the German armies in Italy surrendered May 2, 1945. Three hours before the Germans in Italy surrendered, the 75th German Army Corps, comprising 40,0UO enemy, surrendered to Maj. Gen. Charles L. Bolte's 34th Infantry Division. General Schlemmer, the 75th Army Corps commanding general, did not attend the surrender meeting, but instead sent his Chief of Staff, Col. Mallhauer, who accepted the unconditional surrender terms presented by Col. John M. Breit, commanding officer of the 135th Inf. Regt. and Maj. Fred H. Lippucchi, operations officer for the veteran 135th Infantry Regiment. German troops captured by the veteran 34th Division in the mass surrender include: The German 34th Infantry Division, the 5th (Continued on page 3) (Continued from 1) Alpine Division, the Aosta Group, all service forces, Navy and Air forces in the entire Ligurian Sector, and remnants of the Monte Rosa Division, remnants of the Littoria Division and an outfit called RAP.
In addition, General Schlemmer is surrendering the Prefect of Torino, Grazioni, and General Amdini Rossi.
The German Chief of Staff met Col. Breit, Maj. Lippucchi and Capt. Patrick Armoore, of the British Military Mission, Cherokee, at Bielia to discuss surrender terms. He and an aide arrived at the hotel in a civilian Italian car bearing a white flag.
Col. Matlhauer said that he will have all of the enemy troops assembled near Bielia shortly.
General Schlemmer refused to surrender to a higher commander two days before because of a personal oath to Hitler that he would never surrender. In view of the fact that Hitler died, Schlemmer felt that he was no longer obligated, Col. Mautler told the two 34th Division officers.