VE Day, 8 May 1945 …. as Nazi Germany Surrenders: In Pictures

The King and Queen of Britain with Winston Churchill in between and Princess Elizabeth nd Princess Margaret on the flanks

 Churchill waves to the crowds below

Exhilaration. Joy. Celebrations enmasse. ….. Uninhibited Exuberance in relief.

two lifelong friends Cynthia Covello and Joyce Digney with two unknown jolly buggers …… for details, see https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/who-were-the-women-in-the-trafalgar-square-fountains-on-ve-day

 

Piccadily Circus as never before

those who paved the way …

    AND ….. AND … the immediate event and media-process that sparked these CELEBRATIONS

After Adolf Hitler committed suicide on 30 April 1945, his named successor Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz negotiated an end to the war with the Allies  …. and a German delegation arrived at the headquarters of British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery at Lüneburg Heath, east of Hamburg, on 4 May[where] Montgomery accepted the unconditional surrender of German forces in the Netherlands, northwest Germany and Denmark; [while] on 7th May, at at his headquarters in Reims, France, Supreme Allied Commander General Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of all German forces. The document of surrender was signed on behalf of Germany by General Alfred Jodl and came into effect the following day…... BIG NEWS that … as the media frenzy below indicates

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2 responses to “VE Day, 8 May 1945 …. as Nazi Germany Surrenders: In Pictures

  1. Chandra Wickramasinghe

    Thanks Mike.

  2. Patrick Rodrigo

    Americans made this possible but Churchill takes the honours, after his disaster in Galipoli which sent the Anzacs into a hell hole of unavoidable death another Lord Cardigan situation. The wilfull removal of food stocks from India killing millions from starvation was a racist and inhuman act. He should join Bush and Blair as war criminals, but no one in the west are charged in this manner.

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