TIL the last German troops to surrender after World War II were a group of soldiers stationed at a meteorological station on Svalbard. They lost radio contact in May 1945 and were unable to radio for support until August 1945. They were picked up by Norwegian seal hunters on September 4.

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  1. Get this, the last Japanese soldier to surrender after WW2 did so in 1974!!! That’s almost 30 years after Japan surrendered!

    They called these soldiers Japanese holdouts and they didn’t surrender for a couple reasons. Firstly, they were stationed way out in the middle of nowhere with no communication, and secondly they were so brainwashed by Japanese propaganda that they refused to believe their emperor would surrender. They had newspapers and everything sent to them but they thought they were fake. Their own family even came to persuade them and they didn’t believe them.

    Here’s an article on the last guy to give up, but there were others before him: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroo_Onoda

    He lived a long life after, dying in 2014 at 91!

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