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