Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $75,363
85%  
Woo hoo!!! And now less than $12.7k to go!! Less than $3.9k to the yellow!! Go, FReepers, GO!!

Keyword: veday

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The Strange Story of How Nazi Germany Surrendered (and Then Kept Fighting)

    03/19/2018 3:12:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 85 replies
    It was said on May 8, 1945, that some of the victors wandered around in a daze. They were puzzled by a strange silence. The guns were no longer firing the permanent barrage, their constant companion, during those last months since they had crossed the Rhine. Some could not quite believe it was all over. They had longed for an end to the war in Europe for years. “Then suddenly it was upon them all and the impact of the fact was a thing that failed to register–like the death of a loved one,” the historian of the U.S. 3rd...
  • What is VE Day 2016? The meaning, the facts and the celebrations 71 years on

    05/08/2016 8:25:08 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies
    Mirror, UK ^ | May 8, 2016
    1 . On hearing the news on the radio, anxious Brits began the celebration on May 7 - without waiting for the official party the following day. People went out on the streets, hung bunting and began dancing. 2. King George VI and the Queen appeared a total of eight times on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the official celebrations on May 8. 3. Half a million homes had been destroyed across Britain during the war 4. The initial suggestion for the Armistice Day silence came from Percy FitzPatrick, a South African author and politician, who was inspired by...
  • Isolated? China & Russia Celebrate Victory Day Together, Obama Absent

    05/09/2015 10:22:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 5-8-2015 | Durden
    When a Chinese honor guard joins a military parade in Russia’s capital this weekend, watched by China’s President Xi Jinping, it will mark more than just a symbolic recognition of the two countries’ contributions to the Allied victory in 1945. China’s participation also reflects an upgrade of its military ties with Russia, including joint naval exercises and a revival of arms purchases, that could complicate U.S.-led efforts to counter both nations’ expanding military activities, analysts and diplomats say. They’ve basically come to a consensus that despite their differences over some national interests, they really face the same common enemy,” said...
  • 70th Anniversary of Germany's Unconditional Surrender Ending WWII

    05/07/2015 6:12:19 PM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 12 replies
    IB Times ^ | May 7, 2015 | David Sim
    On 7 May 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Reims, France, to take effect the following day, ending the second world war in Europe. In this gallery, we look back at VE Day and the events leading up to Germany's surrender.
  • Warbirds to Thunder Over Washington in VE Day Flyover

    05/07/2015 9:59:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/6 | AFP By Robert MacPherson
    The unmistakable roar of American warplanes that helped the Allies win World War II will thunder over Washington on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat. From 12:10 pm (1610 GMT), for 45 minutes, 56 restored "warbirds" will fly in formation down the Potomac River, past the Lincoln Memorial and over the National Mall, the nation's symbolic front lawn. Up to 10,000 people are expected to watch the spectacle -- including 300 to 500 of the last surviving veterans of the 1939-45 conflict that the United States entered in December 1941 with the Japanese attack on Pearl...
  • Live Webcast: Arsenal of Democracy:World War II Victory Capitol Flyover

    05/08/2015 7:50:14 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 79 replies
    I didn't realize this was happening until I ran across it on a search. 70 vintage planes flying over the most restricted airspace in the world. Should be cool. For the first time since 21 Jan 2009, I wish I was in DC.
  • THE WAR IN EUROPE IS ENDED! SURRENDER IS UNCONDITIONAL; V-E WILL BE PROCLAIMED TODAY (5/8/45)

    05/08/2015 4:17:25 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 76 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/8/45 | Edward Kennedy, Frank S. Adams, Richard J.H. Johnston, John MacCormac, Gladwin Hill, Gene Currivan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • VE-Day: How it unfolded, told through CBC's original reports

    05/08/2015 12:54:48 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | May 07, 2015 | CBC News
    Seventy years ago, then-British prime minister Winston Churchill declared May 8, 1945, to be "Victory in Europe Day" after a gruelling five-year war against Nazi Germany and its allies. The day before, people had already started celebrating amid news that Hitler had committed suicide in his so-called Fuehrerbunker in Berlin days prior, and Germany has surrendered unconditionally. Canada celebrated, too. It had joined the war effort early, with its first troops departing for Europe at the end of 1939. More than one million Canadians performed full-time duty during the war. They fought in the raid on Dieppe and at Juno...
  • ON THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY –THE GOOD WAR AND THE WAR WE'RE IN

    05/04/2015 12:45:46 PM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 05/04/2015 | Don Feder
    It was the good war, fought by the Greatest Generation. It was a war for the survival of civilization. It was the deadliest conflict in history. It was America's finest hour. May 8 marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day – the end of World War II in Europe. Images flash before us – Neville Chamberlain waving a piece of paper said to guarantee "peace for our time," Hitler giving a stiff-arm salute at a Nuremberg rally, a Czech woman weeping as panzers rolled into Prague, a smiling FDR wearing his naval cape, his cigarette holder at a jaunty angle,...
  • Russia halts UK-US display of WW2 photos

    04/11/2015 5:00:22 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 59 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2015-04-11 | Sarah Rainsford
    A central Russian gallery has cancelled the opening of an exhibition of World War Two images by US and British photographers, sparking claims that the event was pulled for political reasons. [....] A staff member at the state-run gallery told the BBC that the decision to cancel the exhibition was "political", and said they did not believe it would ever open. They said they had been "ordered" not to comment further. Gallery manager Raisa Zorina had previously dismissed the official explanation of "technical problems", telling local media "this is very serious" and advising them to "read between the lines".
  • Sailor in Iconic WWII Kissing Photo Dies at 86

    03/15/2014 5:27:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | March 14, 2014 | Staff
    Glenn McDuffie was 18 years old the day World War II ended. Having just exited a New York subway station at Times Square, McDuffie, a sailor, heard the news, grabbed a nurse and kissed her. Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the the moment, which became synonymous with V-J day—August 14, 1945. McDuffie died March 9 in Dallas. He was 86 years old, according to the Associated Press.
  • U.S. Troops March in Moscow's Red Square During VE Victory Parade - Video 5/9/10

    05/11/2010 5:26:56 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 7 replies · 372+ views
    Hot Air via Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 11, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video from Moscow's Red Square on Sunday, May 9, 2010, that briefly shows U.S. Troops marching in the huge Victory in Europe Parade marking the 65th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II. For those who grew up during the Cold War, who would have ever thought you would see U.S. Forces marching in Red Square?! It is an amazing sight! According to Allahpundit at Hot Air, some in Russia are not happy it was allowed. Here is complete video coverage of the parade.
  • American troops at the Moscow VE-parade (Video)

    05/09/2010 9:32:16 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 9 replies · 754+ views
    Russia Today ^ | May 9, 2010
    US troops: 30:40 UK Welsh guards: 30:14 Polish ones: 29:40
  • Vladimir Putin snubs Britain and US over VE Day celebrations (Biden Not Invited)

    05/07/2010 12:43:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies · 834+ views
    Guardian ^ | May 7, 2010 | Luke Harding
    Vladimir Putin has snubbed both the Prince of Wales and the US vice-president, Joe Biden, by refusing to allow them to attend a parade in Red Square marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the second world war, the Guardian has learned. ................................................ Putin, Russia's prime minister, also snubbed Biden, who had planned to go to Moscow and has been left kicking his heels in Brussels. Biden is close to Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's president. During the 2008 Russian-Georgia war Putin famously threatened Saakashvili, pledging to "hang him by the balls".
  • VE Day - the 96th Connection

    06/16/2009 9:32:54 PM PDT · by skydancer506 · 2 replies · 304+ views
    Air Force Reserve Command ^ | May 8, 2009 | Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey S. Williams
    On May 6, 1945, Edward Kennedy, chief of the Associated Press western front staff dispatched the scoop of a lifetime. At General Dwight Eisenhower's headquarters at Reims, France, General Gustaf Jodl, German army chief of staff, signed the terms of surrender at 7:41 p.m. central war time. The European Theater of World War II was officially over. Less than 12 hours later, at 8:35 a.m. central war time on May 7, Kennedy's dispatch was released by the New York desk of the Associated Press, and the world went wild with joy. The Minneapolis Morning Tribune ran the headline, "Announcement Due...
  • VE Day

    05/08/2009 1:07:40 PM PDT · by ex-snook · 12 replies · 568+ views
    LA Times | May 8, 1945 | Paper
  • VE DAY

    05/08/2008 9:03:17 AM PDT · by ex-snook · 10 replies · 173+ views
    Google ^ | 5-8-1945 | Los Angeles times
  • Our (Canadian and American) Veterans Deserve Better

    06/01/2005 8:40:47 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 5 replies · 410+ views
    Calgary Sun via www.canoe.ca ^ | June 1, 2005 | JANET L. JACKSON
    Our veterans deserve betterBy JANET L. JACKSON June 1, 2005 The 61st anniversary of D-Day will take place this coming Monday -- marking a day that will forever be seen as a tremendous step forward in defeating Hitler's reign of terror. But would the sheer number of allied dead and wounded be portrayed as a "victory" in today's world of the 24-hour news cycle? According to www.warchronicle.com, it is estimated that 8,443 allied troops were killed or injured during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Canadian casualties are conservatively estimated at 961. To put these numbers into context,...
  • Yalta Agreement: Apology Yearned for Over the Years

    05/23/2005 4:28:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 555+ views
    National Ledger ^ | May 23, 2005 | Paul M. Weyrich
    PI grew up in an ethnic neighborhood in which most of our neighbors were from Eastern Europe. The couple next door was from Slovakia. They did not want to be identified with Czechoslovakia even 30 years after the forced merger of those two countries, which today again are separate countries. The folks up the street were from Ukraine. It was from them that I learned not to say THE Ukraine. Their relatives were killed by Stalin. A Lithuanian family also lived in our neighborhood. In 1956 a family from Hungary moved into our neighborhood after having fled for their lives...
  • 'No One's Liberty Is Expendable': Bush remembers WWII in his distinctive way

    05/23/2005 6:02:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 338+ views
    National Review ^ | May 23, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    London; Prague; Budapest – Central and Eastern Europe is a good vantage point from which to judge President Bush's recent visit to Moscow for the anniversary of VE Day — and the resulting debate over Yalta and the value of his democracy project. After all, Prague and Warsaw were the flashpoints that prepared and ignited World War II. Britain and France declared war on Germany in September 1939 because the German army had crossed the Polish borders the Allies had guaranteed six months earlier (in response to Hitler's seizure of the rump of Czechoslovakia). Poland was one of the four...