May 8 in History: World War II Ended

by Duke Magazine
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Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day in the United Kingdom and V-E Day in the United States, is a commemoration day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its army on Tuesday, May 8 1945, and which put an end to the deadly brouhaha of War War II in the Europe continent. VE Day is a special day celebrated across the Western European states on 8th of May, with some countries observing public holiday on yearly on that day. The day is christened as Victory Over Fascism Day, Liberation Day or simply Victory Day. It was reported that the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, had committed suicide on 30th of April at the tense of the Battle of Berlinard.

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With the height of startling arising from his death, Germany’s surrender was then authorized by his successor, Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz. The administration headed by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg Government. 

Upon the news of the Nazi defeat, celebrations erupted at every nooks and crannies of the western world, especially in the UK and North America. Over a million people celebrated on the streets throughout the UK to mark the end of the European part of the grave war. In London, people came out en masse at Trafalgar Square and all up to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and the royal family, in the company of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, made an appearance on the balcony of the palace in the cheering mood with the crowds.

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