May 8th 1945 was the date the Allies celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany and the kết thúc of Adolf Hitler’s Reich, formally recognising the kết thúc of the Second World War in Europe. This became known as V.E (Victory in Europe) Day.

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By April 1945 the Allies had begun to lớn overrun Germany from the west as Russian forces advanced from the east. On 25th April 1945, Allied và Soviet forces met at the Elbe River: the German Army was all but destroyed.

Five sầu days later, Hitler killed his dog, his new wife Eva and then committed suicide in his Berlin bunker. His successor, Admiral Karl Doenitz, sent General Alfred Jodl to lớn General Dwight Eisenhower’s Supreme Allied Headquarters in Rheims to lớn seek terms for an kết thúc khổng lồ the war. At 2:41 a.m. on 7th May, General Jodl signed the unconditional surrender of German forces, which was to take effect from 8th May at 11:01 p.m.

After six years & millions of lives lost, the Nazi scourge was crushed và the war in Europe was finally over.

VE Day Celebrations on the Strand

Great celebrations took place across Europe và North America khổng lồ officially recognise the Allies’ formal acceptance of the unconditional surrender of German armed forces. In London over a million people celebrated Victory in Europe (VE) Day. Crowds massed in Trafalgar Square & up the Mall to Buckingham mê Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the Palace to lớn cheering crowds.

Amongst those crowds Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) và her sister, Princess Margaret blended anonymously, apparently enjoying the celebrations for themselves first hvà.

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In the United States, President Harry Truman, who celebrated his 61st birthday that same day, dedicated the victory lớn his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had died less than a month earlier on 12th April.

The Allies had originally agreed lớn mark 9th May 1945 as VE day, but eager western journalists broke the news of Germany’s surrender prematurely, thus signalling the earlier celebration. The Soviets kept khổng lồ the agreed date, & Russia still commemorates the kết thúc of the Second World War, known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War, as Victory Day on 9th May.

The Allied victory over Japan, known as VJ Day, did not take place until some months later on 15th August 1945.

Liberation Day 2013, The Guernsey Event Company

Parties were organised throughout Europe and North America in May 2005 to lớn celebrate the 60th Anniversary of VE Day. Of special significance perhaps, were those events planned to lớn commemorate the liberation of the Channel Islands, which were the only part of Britain to lớn fall under the domination of the Third Reich.

The 75th anniversary of V.E Day in 20đôi mươi was a much smaller event due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however there was an address by the Queen to lớn the nation và Churchill’s victory speech was broadcast on television. A national 2 minute silence was held at 11am.