75th Anniversary

Victory in Europe Day

Victory in Europe Day, also known as V-E Day, is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945.

Today, [May 8, 2020] is the 75th anniversary of that momentous celebration.



Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel signing the unconditional surrender of the German Wehrmacht at the Soviet headquarters in Karlshorst, Berlin.

Source: National Archives and Records Administration

Photo No.: 193


Ve Day Celebrations in London, England, UK, 8 May 1945
A number 3 double-decker bus slowly pushes its way through the huge crowds gathered in Whitehall to hear Churchill's Victory speech and celebrate Victory in Europe Day. The crowd is a mix of service personnel, civilians and children. Behind the bus, people line the balconies of the buildings along the street, and in the background, Westminster Abbey can be seen.

Source: IWM  / Photo ID: D24587


Churchill waves to crowds in Whitehall on the day he broadcast to the nation that the war with Germany had been won, 8 May 1945.

Source: IWMCollections IWM / Photo No.: H 4184