In the dying throes of the war on Tuesday, 1st May, the Battalion were at Winsen, 15 miles south of Hamburg. The next day, a considerable number of German prisoners surrendered to them. Most were in civilian clothes and in possession of discharge papers, dated 30th April 1945.
Two days later the city of Hamburg announced it was going to surrender to British forces and the unit moved to the dock area and used the ‘SS Veendam’ as its base. A large number of prisoners of war also surrendered to them, including a complete U-Boat crew.
The unconditional surrender of all German Armed Forces took place at midnight on Tuesday, 8th May and the Battalion were given one day’s holiday in celebration