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Images from Victory in Europe Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of “V-E Day,” the day in Second World War history when the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe.

In remembrance, I decided to simply share a few images of the celebrations that took place around the world. Some you may recognize from last year, others are new additions.

“The first flyers announcing the German surrender outside the Adresseavisen newspaper building.” Norway had been occupied by Germany since April of 1940.  
    (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, and from Frigjøringsdagen 8 mai 1945 / VE Day in Trondheim (1945), Author: Municipal Archives of Trondheim from Trondheim, Norway. Licensed under Creative Commons. The link is here to view the license information.)

Also in Norway- the adults weren’t the only ones celebrating.
(Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, and from Frigjøringsdagen 8 mai 1945 / VE Day in Trondheim (1945), Author: Municipal Archives of Trondheim from Trondheim, Norway. Licensed under Creative Commons. Here is the link to view licensing info.)

 

U.S. MPs read the news in the Stars and Stripes

 

File:V-E-Day Stars and Stripes No 285 Paris 8 May 1945.JPGThe VE Day “Stars and Stripes- Paris edition.

 

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“VE Day Passing out Champagne to 1139th troops.” image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

From a quick search, it appears that the 1139th Engineer Combat Group served with General Patton’s Third Army through France.

 

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“VE-day parade, Afula, Israel, 1945” image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

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V-E Day celebrations on Bay Street, Toronto, Canada. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

Victory in Europe (VE) Day in Baltimore

Exciting headlines on newspapers in Baltimore, MA (image courtesy of Wikimedia commons, licensing info linked here)
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I could not find a VE Day picture of Harry Truman, who took up the United States’ Presidencey after the death of F.D.R. However, I found an audio file of his VE Day speech, linked here- a fascinating 4 minute listen.

British P.M. Winston Churchill waves to crowds at Whitehall.

 

VE Day at Buckingham Palace. (notice the then Princess Elizabeth in uniform.) Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museums © IWM (HU 41808) “Revellers ride a truck along the Strand in London”
V.E. Day, May 8, 1945, night illumination over K.D. [i.e., King David Hotel] & Y.M.C.A
Nighttime light display over the King David hotel and YMCA, courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress

In spite of all of the rejoicing and celebrating, VE Day was not the end of the fighting for everyone.

Above: Troops on Okinawa hear the news of Germany’s surrender. They still have a long way to go, however- Japan would not surrender until September 2.

 

As a small token of thanksgiving on VE Day’s 75th Anniversary, I’m offering the e-book of my WWII novel for free from May 8-May 10.

Below is the link to Amazon, as well as the book’s description.

Many thanks for visiting and remembering this anniversary with me today!

-Anne

1943

All that Sergeant James Milburn wants is to heal. Sent to finish his convalescence in a lonely village in the north of England, the friends he’s lost haunt his dreams. If he can only be declared fit for active service again, perhaps he can rejoin his surviving mates in the fight across Sicily and either protect them or die alongside them.

All that Evie Worther wants is purpose. War has reduced her family to an elderly matriarch and Charles, her controlling cousin, both determined to keep her safely tucked away in their family home. If she can somehow balance her sense of obligation to family with her desperate need to be of use, perhaps she can discover how she fits into her tumultuous world.

All that Charles Heatherington wants is his due. Since his brother’s death, he is positioned to be the family’s heir with only one step left to make his future secure. If only he can keep the family matriarch happy, he can finally start living the easy life he is certain he deserves.

However, when James’s, Evie’s and Charles’s paths collide, a dark secret of the past is forced into the light, and everything that they have hoped and striven for is thrown into doubt. Weaving in historical detail from World War II in Britain, Italy and Egypt, WHOM SHALL I FEAR? follows their individual struggles with guilt and faith, love and family, and forces them to ask if the greatest threat they face is really from the enemy abroad.

16 thoughts on “Images from Victory in Europe Day”

    1. Yes indeed! I think it’s easier to overlook these days (Armistace Day, too) since the fighting wasn’t on our home soil. That’s one reason I enjoy sharing a little about them- there are lots of other good posts going up today, too!
      Thanks for stopping by, Joy! Take care.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Curt. I hope you and Peggy are doing well- I need to catch up on some of your photo posts!
      Ha! Eh, I guess I’ll excuse you for not remembering, then… 😉

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  1. A great selection of images, Anne. Like you, I enjoy looking at the faces, wondering what was going through their minds, what they’d been through, whether they went on to have good lives… A huge event, the defeat of an evil. I can’t say that I find “Happy VE Day” entirely appropriate, however – but I’m sure it’s well meant!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mike!
      Yes, I suppose, with all that still had to be done there’s a better sentiment for the day than ‘happy’- but I’m not sure what encompasses such a huge world event! And then this weekend is Memorial Day over here- remembering all who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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    1. I think it would have made the news more if all of the lockdowns hadn’t eliminated lots of the gatherings that people had planned! (After reading your last post I imagine you certainly had enough other things on your mind!)
      Thanks for stopping by and marking the anniversary with me now. 😊

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