He illustrated his statement with this quote: “Let ’em starve. Even though the war was officially over, some German troops surrendered weeks, and in some cases months, after the capitulation. Instead of setting the course for Portsmouth Harbor, where he was ordered to knock as many British ships he could, he decided to reach Argentina and ask for a political asylum, like many of his Nazi comrades. Don't forget that the "stab in the back" myth had a big impact on Allied policy in negotiating. Nonetheless, while Hitler went along being delusional, there were elements in Germany at least trying to soften their defeat, make it less disastrous in the end. It was not until May 10th that the news of surrender reached the submarine’s captain, Johann-Heinrich Fehler while they were in the middle of the North Atlantic. At this point, it is also appropriate to mention the Japanese soldier, Hiroo Onoda, who surrendered in 1974, almost 30 years after the end of the war. In WW1, all of the combatants suffered greatly in the war. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the AskHistorians community. The Allies refused any conditional surrender (such as Himmlers proposed surrender to the allies but not the Soviets) as they wanted Germany to understand they had been utterly broken. The captain decided to turn his ship towards the US shores, estimating that the Americans were the best option for surrender, as he feared the British and the Canadians were imposing lengthier detention. Due to warring ideologies, tussles between the Soviet Union and its allies, and the legacy of the First World War, Germany actually surrendered twice. France in particular suffered immensely in the war, they lost nearly as many men as the Germans, and had the entire Western Front take place on and devastate their land. He committed most of his efforts to aid thousands of German refugees in escaping the rear elements of the Red Army. Everything halted the next day, when Karl Donitz, Reich president and the successor of Adolf Hitler, signed the surrender in Berlin. Everything halted the next day, when Karl Donitz, Reich president and the successor of Adolf Hitler, signed the surrender in Berlin. Many countries were so depleted and exhausted by the end of the war that it caused the recession of the strength and power of Europe in the Interwar Years. The Nazi's didn't surrender because Hitler insisted that the country fought on. The South likely knew that victory was slim even from the very beginning, but it took the fall of the Souths western armies, the occupation of much of the south, and the fall of Richmond to finally convince them to surrender. First, Alfred Jodl prepared the ground by signing the German Instrument of Surrender in Reims, France. A particular German General, Walther Wenck, who become known as "The Boy General" due to his young age, commanded the German 12th Army in the Battle of Berlin. Afterward, the surviving Georgians were returned to the Soviet Union where they were tried as traitors. So much manpower and resources were thrown into the war by both the North and the South, that neither of them surrendering looked likely until there was no other choice. The Japanese delegates committed suicide before the surrender was agreed, for they refused to admit defeat and suffer the shame of a POW camp. They bled and died on the Italian Front, and "the spine of the Austrian Army" was for all means and purposes, broken, in the Russian Brusilov Offensive of 1916 (considered as one of the most lethal offensives in history, and much of it was aimed at Austria).