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VE Day QOOH

Having entered Belsen on 15 April 249 Battery were relieved on the 20th of April.

From Belsen the battery moved to Celle. Its task in Celle was to establish a camp for newly released Russian Prisoners of War (PoWs)

Having been in Celle for just over a week another move was made to Luneberg where the battery would undertake garrison duties in the town.

Luneberg would become famous for the German surrender signed there on 7th May and Celle would become a name familiar to British servicemen serving in the British Army on the Rhine in the post war period, it being near the Bergen-Hohne base.

While 249 Battery remained in Luneberg, their commanding officer went home on leave and was there when the war ended. He and his wife attended a party given by the Parachute Regiment; an occasion recalled with much fondness in “Yeomanry Memories”.

For the men in Germany the War Diary gives little information as to what happened on 8 May apart from details of “Recce parties from RHQ went to Kiel to recce accommodation for RHQ and all batteries”. It was to Kiel the battery would move next, arriving there on 12 May 1945. The following day they were tasked to receive German PoWs who were arriving from places such as Denmark and the East Baltic.

It was during May that orders were received for the start of demobilisation, the beginning of the end of the war for the men of the QOOH.

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