R&E Journal // Remembering Victory

May 07, 2015

R&E Journal // Remembering Victory

On 7 May 1945 the formal act of military surrender was signed by Germany, ending the war in Europe. The next day celebrations broke out all across the Allied world to mark Victory in Europe, or VE Day.

In Britain, Churchill marked the occasion by declaring 8 May a public holiday. People held parties, danced and sang in the streets. Huge crowds gathered in London, both on Whitehall to hear Churchill speak and outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony. 

Churchill waves to crowds in Whitehall on the day he broadcast to the nation that the war against Germany had been won - 8th May 1945 (IWM: H 41849).

Two British sailors and their girlfriends wade in the fountains in Trafalgar Square (IWM: EA 65799)

Two small girls wave their flags in the rubble of Battersea (IWM HU 49414)

Revellers ride a truck along the Strand in London (IWM HU 41808)

A mass of civilians and servicemen crowd around Piccadilly Circus in London (EA 65879)



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