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WW2 > Victory in Europe Day / VE Day    May 8, 1945

 

 

 

 

‘There was this explosion of light:

brightness was everywhere.

And excitement, laughter, joy.

The world would never be the same.’

Crowds celebrate in Piccadilly Circus, London

 

Photograph:

Daily Herald Archive/SSPL via Getty

 

VE Day was the spark for change.

Coronavirus could be too

I remember the euphoria of 8 May 1945,

and the push for a fairer society that followed.

The parallels today are striking

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Fri 8 May 2020    06.00 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/08/
ve-day-coronavirus-1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winston Churchill

on the balcony of the Ministry of Health building

in Whitehall, London.

 

VE Day, May 1945, in London.

 

Photograph:

Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

Bettmann/Corbis

 

VE Day:

what the end of the war was like for those who were there

G

Friday 8 May 2015    10.00 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/08/
ve-day-what-the-end-of-the-war-was-like-for-those-who-were-there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Londoners celebrate

 

Photograph: ANL/Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock

 

Dancing in the streets: VE Day celebrations in 1945 - in pictures

A selection of archive photographs

to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

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Fri 8 May 2020    07.30 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/may/08/
dancing-in-the-streets-ve-day-celebrations-in-1945-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Londoners celebrate

 

Photograph: Francis Reiss/Getty Images

 

Dancing in the streets: VE Day celebrations in 1945 - in pictures

A selection of archive photographs

to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

G

Fri 8 May 2020    07.30 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/may/08/
dancing-in-the-streets-ve-day-celebrations-in-1945-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crowds celebrating VE day

on 8 May 1945, London,

the end of the second world war, in Europe

 

Photograph: Hulton Archive

 

VE Day 70 years on: share your photos and memories

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Monday 20 April 2015    16.21 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/20/
ve-day-70-years-on-share-your-photos-and-memories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women dance with US soldiers in a London street

 

Photograph:

Photo 12/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

 

Dancing in the streets: VE Day celebrations in 1945 - in pictures

A selection of archive photographs

to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

G

Fri 8 May 2020    07.30 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/may/08/
dancing-in-the-streets-ve-day-celebrations-in-1945-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A V-shaped table for a children’s party in south London

 

Photograph:

Hulton Deutsch/Corbis via Getty Images

 

Dancing in the streets: VE Day celebrations in 1945 - in pictures

A selection of archive photographs

to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

G

Fri 8 May 2020    07.30 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/may/08/
dancing-in-the-streets-ve-day-celebrations-in-1945-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.leninimports.com/daily_mail_may_8th_1945.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VE Day, The Guardian, 8 May 1945.

See the full page:

https://uploads.guim.co.uk/2020/05/05/8_May_1945.jpg

 

VE Day: 'We have won the right to hope' - archive, May 1945

How the Guardian the reported wartime victory

and the ending of hostilities in Europe on 8 May 1945

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Wed 6 May 2020    11.24 BST

Last modified on Thu 7 May 2020    11.18 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/world/from-the-archive-blog/2020/may/06/
ve-day-stopped-onrush-of-evil-guardian-reports-1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Daily Mirror

8 May, 1945

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/frames.asp?
http%3A//www.museumoflondon.org.uk/
MOLsite/londonsvoices/veday/mainmenu.asp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/ve-day

https://www.theguardian.com/world/secondworldwar

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/veday_germany_01.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/8/newsid_3580000/3580163.stm

https://www.leninimports.com/daily_mail_may_8th_1945.html  

https://www.leninimports.com/daily_mail_may_8th_1945_2.html

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/08/
never-give-up-never-despair-the-queens-ve-day-message

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/07/
magazine/ve-day-anniversary.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/08/
ve-day-coronavirus-1945

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/may/08/
dancing-in-the-streets-ve-day-celebrations-in-1945-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/07/
we-should-remember-the-real-spirit-of-ve-day

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/from-the-archive-blog/2020/may/06/
ve-day-stopped-onrush-of-evil-guardian-reports-1945

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/06/
ve-day-churchill-feared-de-gaulle-would-declare-victory-early

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/apr/19/
the-second-world-war-in-colour-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/aug/14/
ve-day-london-colour-amateur-footage-video

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2015/may/08/-ve-day-sketches-70-years

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/08/
ve-day-what-the-end-of-the-war-was-like-for-those-who-were-there

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/07/
guardian-view-europe-seventy-years-nazis-new-vision

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/10/ve-day-celebrations-second-world-war

https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/ve-day-60th-anniversary 

https://www.theguardian.com/gall/0,8542,1476330,00.html 

https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-22106,00.html 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/1945/may/09/secondworldwar.queenmother 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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https://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Germany:_National_Socialism_and_World_War_II

https://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/History_of_Germany:_Primary_Documents  

 

 

 

 

A lost heritage:

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/jul/10/secondworldwar.germany  

https://www.uni-marburg.de/de/fotomarburg

 

 

 

 

enemy propaganda

 

National Archives

publish wartime propaganda in online gallery - 13 June 2012

Hundreds of images of war art including posters

and a portrait of the future queen are released online

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/
Category:War_art_in_The_National_Archives_%28United_Kingdom%29 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/jun/13/
national-archives-wartime-propaganda-gallery

 

 

 

 

Ministry of Food Posters

 

A new exhibition

at London's Imperial War Museum (Feb 12 to Jan 3 2011)

pays tribute to a nation's creativity and resourcefulness

in the face of wartime – and peacetime – food rationing.

 

Here is some of the eye-catching

British Government propaganda

used on the 'Kitchen Front' during that time.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/7165696/
Vintage-Ministry-of-Food-posters.html

 

 

 

 

The following posters

were all used during the Second World War

to encourage austerity and stoicism

on Britain's home front.

 

They form part of an exhibition

at the Museum of Brands in London

entitled Make Do and Mend
(www.museumofbrands.com ;

020 79080880; 2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road,

Notting Hill, London W11 2AR).

The exhibition runs until November 29, 2010.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/festivalsandevents/6615752/
Waste-Not-Want-Not-wartime-posters.html  

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardian > Second World War > Holocaust

 

https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/second-world-war/
2009/sep/09/
all

 

 

 

 

 

BBC Archive

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/index.shtml

 

 

 

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