Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Happy V-E Day!

Happy Victory in Europe Day! Today marks the end of the fighting in Europe during the Second World War. V-E Day marks the Allies' formal accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. After Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945 during the Battle of Berlin, the surrender of Germany was authorized by his successor, President of Germany Karl Dönitz.

The fighting continued for another three months in the Pacific. On September 2, 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was performed in Tokyo Bay, Japan, aboard the battleship USS Missouri, finally bringing the war to an end.

VE Day memories 65 years on: 'Electricity in the air' - Source
8th May 1945: Crowds celebrating VE day on the streets of London. The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, officially announced the end of the war with Germany in a message broadcast to the nation from the Cabinet room at Number 10, he said the ceasefire had been signed at 0241 the previous day at the American advance headquarters in Rheims.
Original Publication: Picture Post - 1991 - This Was VE Day In London - pub. 1945
Photo by Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images - Source
Smiling for the camera: VE Day is remembered for the celebrations – not grumbles about the lack of church bells  
Photo: GETTY
US MP's reading about German surrender in Stars and Stripes - Source


At Piccadilly Circus in London, an American soldier gives a hug to a motherly looking English woman celebrating Germany's unconditional surrender - Source

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