Soviet soldiers sit on a sofa in the open air on the dock of the Danish town of Rønne following the defeat of the German garrison on the island of Bornholm. On 7 and 8 May 1945, the town was bombed by Soviet aircraft when Gerhard von Kamptz, the commandant of the German occupying forces, refused to surrender the island to the Soviets, as his orders were to surrender to the Western Allies. Although the rest of Denmark had been liberated on 4 May, the Soviets occupied Bornholm on 9 May. Soviet forces did not leave Bornholm until 5 April 1946 when an agreement was reached with the Danish authorities and the island finally came under Danish rule once more. Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark. 12 May 1945.
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