Although most of Europe was liberated in September 1944 but the war was still raging in the pacific. The severe winter of 1944 in Europe also threw a spanner in the celebrations, since some parts were still occupied by the Germans.
It was only on VE Day in May and Japan’s surrender in August of 1945 before the celebrations could start.
Below are some impressions of those celebrations.
A double-decker bus slowly pushes its way through the huge crowds gathered in Whitehall, London to hear Winston Churchill’s victory speech and celebrate Victory in Europe Day on May 8, 1945.
A member of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps seated on a courthouse lion celebrates the end of the war. August 1945.
V-E Day celebration in Trondheim, Norway. May 8, 1945.
American servicemen and women gather in front of the Rainbow Corner Red Cross Club in Paris to celebrate the unconditional surrender of the Japanese on August 15, 1945.
Residents of Oak Ridge, Tennessee fill Jackson Square to celebrate the surrender of Japan on August 14, 1945. Oak Ridge was one of the three main sites of the Manhattan Project and was responsible (though those working there did not know it) for refining uranium to be used in the first atomic bombs.
A sergeant interrupts his shave in a barber shop and holds up the latest copy of the Stars And Stripes newspaper announcing the surrender of Japan with the headline of “PEACE.” Paris, France. August 14, 1945
V-E Day celebrations on Bay Street, Toronto, Canada on May 8, 1945.
Four MPs take a break along a German road in May of 1945 to read about the Nazi surrender in the Stars and Stripes newspaper.
A French woman kisses an American soldier. France. Date unspecified
As World War II ended, women were able to obtain nylon stockings once again. Date unspecified