May 8, 2012

How Britain Greeted End of War in Europe

Gary Sheffield, BBC News

Tuesday 8 May 1945 was 'Victory in Europe' (VE) Day, and it marked the formal end of Hitler's war. With it came the end of six years of misery, suffering, courage and endurance across the world.


Individuals reacted in very different ways to the end of the nightmare: some celebrated by partying; others spent the day in quiet reflection; and there were those too busy carrying out tasks to do either. Ultimately nothing would be quite the same again.


... it was clear - since at least the beginning of 1945 - that the end of World War Two was in sight ...


The end of the World War One on 11 November 1918 had come as a shock to many soldiers and civilians because the collapse of the German army had been so sudden. By contrast, it was...

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TAGGED: World War II, Great Britain


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