Skip to comments.Today is V.E. Day: on May 8, 1945, World War 2 ended in Europe
Posted on 05/08/2018 5:46:07 AM PDT by harpygoddess
May 8th is the anniversary of V.E. Day (for "Victory in Europe") in 1945, and commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces, ending World War II in Europe.
With Adolf Hitler dead by his own hand, German military leaders signed surrender documents at several locations in Europe on May 7, capitulating to each of their victorious foes. Germanys partner in fascism, Italy, had switched sides in 1943, though many Italians continued to fight alongside their German comrades in Italy.
Upon entering the war in December 1941, the United States had agreed on a Europe first strategy: concentrate on defeating Germany, Italy and their satellites rather than focusing the bulk of men and resources on the war in the Pacific. V-E Day, therefore, marked a major milestone for the Allies but did not end the war, as Allied governments pointedly reminded their citizens. Attention turned to finishing the war against Imperial Japan.
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All over the broad Atlantic, wherever they had been working or lying hid, the U-boats surfaced, confessing the war's end. A few of them, prompted by determination or struck by guilt, scuttled or destroyed themselves, or ran for shelter, not knowing that there was none; but mostly they did what they had been told to do, mostly they hoisted their black surrender flags, and stayed where they were, and waited for orders.
~ Nicolas Monsarrat ("V.E. Day," from The Cruel Sea)
Im old enough to recall recognizing VE Day in school. And, VJ Day as well. Btw, theres two dates recognized as VJ Day; August 15th our time is the date Japan surrendered and is generally recognized in the UK and September 2nd which is the date the terms of surrender was signed on the deck of the USS Missouri and is the date celebrated here in the US.
God bless America.
My dad celebrated it on Okinawa
I celebrated VE day at Times Square listening to “There’s A Star Spangled Banner waving some where” and “The ballad of Roger Young” that was on the PA system on Duffy’s Square by the mini Statue of Liberty. I was 6 yrs at the time, and the memory has been with me ever since. My aunt of was 23 at the time took me there,and she is still alive.
PS of = who.
There was also the VE Day Riot in Halifax.
Sailors and soldiers garrisoning the Canadian town that was the origin for many convoys to England said they would get even with the civilians that had been harassing and gouging them and they did.
FTA: “With Adolf Hitler dead by his own hand”
Kennedy shot him so he would not talk about where the gold was. Kennedy was then silenced by the oligarchy members as he talked in his sleep with actresses and mob women.
True historical fact.
Most US troops in Europe weren’t celebrating as they figured they were going to get shipped to the Pacific.
I like to think that we still build ‘em this way:
I believe Russia celebrates it on May 9.
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