Allied Occupation Zones in Germany

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Allied-Administered Germany
Allied Occupation Zones in Germany
Military occupation

19451949
 

 

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Occupation zones in Germany (1945)
Capital Berlin (de jure)
Political structure Military occupation
Governors (1945)
 - UK zone Field Marshal Montgomery
 - French zone General Lattre de Tassigny
 - US zone General Eisenhower
 - Soviet zone Marshal Zhukov
Historical era Cold War
 - Surrender May 8, 1945
 - Allied Control Council July 5, 1945 1945
 - Saar protectorate December 15, 1947
 - West Germany 23 May, 1949
 - East Germany 7 October, 1949 1949
 - Final Settlement¹ September 12, 1990
¹ German reunification took place on October 3, 1990.
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The four sectors of Allied occupation in Berlin

After World War II Nazi Germany west of the Oder-Neisse line was divided into four occupation zones.

They were occupied by the allied powers who defeated Germany (the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States) and by France. This was done for administrative purposes during the period 1945-1949.

In the closing weeks of fighting in Europe the American forces had actually pushed beyond the previously agreed upon occupation zone boundaries, sometimes by as much as 200 miles. After about two months of holding certain areas meant to be in the Soviet zone, the American forces withdrew in July 1945.

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