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
From a quick search, it appears that the 1139th Engineer Combat Group served with General Patton’s Third Army through France.
Exciting headlines on newspapers in Baltimore, MA (image courtesy of Wikimedia commons, licensing info linked here)
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. (You may notice the then Princess Elizabeth in uniform.) Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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.
Many thanks for visiting and marking this day of remembrance with me.