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The Allied Governments on the Zones of Occupation and the Administration of "Greater Berlin" (July 26, 1945)

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For the purpose of facilitating communications between the South-Western Zone and the sea, the Commander-in-Chief of the United States forces in the South-Western Zone will
(a) exercise such control of the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven and the necessary staging areas in the vicinity thereof as may be agreed hereafter [ . . . ].

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Western (French) Zone [ . . . ]
The territory of Germany, situated to the south and west of a line commencing at the junction of the frontiers of Belgium and of the Prussian Regierungsbezirke of Trier and Aachen and extending eastward along the northern frontier of the Prussian Regierungsbezirk of Trier [ . . . ] to the point where the eastern frontier of the district of Lindau meets the Austro-German frontier will be occupied by armed forces of the French Republic.

Berlin Area [ . . . ]
The Berlin area (by which expression is understood the territory of 'Greater Berlin' as defined by the Law of the 27th April 1920) will be jointly occupied by armed forces of the U.K., U.S.A., and U.S.S.R., and the French Republic assigned by the respective Commanders-in-Chief. For this purpose the territory of “Greater Berlin” will be divided into the following four parts [ . . . ].
(3) The occupying forces in each of the zones into which Germany is divided will be under a Commander-in-Chief designated by the Government of the country whose forces occupy that zone.

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(5) An Inter-Allied Governing Authority (Komendatura) consisting of four Commandants, appointed by their respective Commanders-in-Chief, will be established to direct jointly the administration of the “Greater Berlin” Area.

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Source: Protocol between the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the provisional government of the French Republic on the zones of occupation in Germany and the administration of “Greater Berlin”, September 12, 1944, as amended by the agreements of November 14, 1944 and July 26, 1945, in Selected Documents on Germany and the Question of Berlin, 1944-1961. London, HMSO, 1961, Cmnd. 1552, 27-30, 35-36, 45-48; excerpted version reprinted in C. C. Schweitzer et al., eds., Politics and Government in Germany, 1944-1994. Basic Documents. Providence, RI, and Oxford, UK: Berghahn Books, 1995, pp. 7-8.

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