World War 2

VE-Day 8th May 1945

Victory in Europe - Germany surrenders

VE Day finally arrived on May 8, 1945 after fierce efforts by the allied forces. The previous year British, Canadian, and U.S. troops invaded Normandy, and began to drive the Nazis out of France. At the same time, the Soviets were launching their own counter-offensive. They pushed the German army completely out of Europe. Seizing their advantage, the Soviets advanced into Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania.

By 1945, the German defenses had begun to collapse. The Soviet army occupied the eastern one-third of Germany. Eventually, the allies surounded Berlin. On April 30, Adolf Hitler commited suicide. Field Marshall Montgomery accepted the surrender of German armies.

Below are some Photographs taken on that day.

A lorry overflowing with races down the strand in London. A woman is hoised to a vantage point where she can see the crowds, Pccadilly Circus, London. A woman is happy that the war is over, holds up a newspaper proclaiming the Allied victory in Europe.
Celebrations in Piccadilly Circus, London. Crowds dance in Berkeley Square, London.