The voice was faint, muffled: "This is Paris calling. . . ." The Associated Press deskman in London, answering the telephone, then heard: "This is Ed Kennedy . . . Germany has surrendered unconditionally. That's official. Make the date Reims, France, and get it out."

Then came the details, dictated slowly and carefully. Dark-haired, alert, Brooklyn-born Edward Kennedy, 39, chief of A.P. war coverage in Europe, had the scoop of a lifetime. Midway in his story, the telephone connection faded out—or was cut off.

Across the Atlantic the story sped (British censors do...

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