When Evil Lost: V-E Day at 70 – A Look Back in Photos

Soldiers from the British Women's Royal Army Corps celebrate the end of the war in Europe on May 8, 1945, at Trafalgar Square in London. It is the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when allied forces defeated Nazi Germany in World War II.  R. J. Salmon, Getty Images

Soldiers from the British Women’s Royal Army Corps celebrate the end of the war in Europe on May 8, 1945, at Trafalgar Square in London. It is the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when allied forces defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. R. J. Salmon, Getty Images

Parisians march through the Arc de Triomphe jubilantly waving flags of the Allied Nations as they celebrate the end of World War II on May 8, 1945. German military leaders signed an unconditional surrender in Reims, France, on May 7.  Associated Press

Parisians march through the Arc de Triomphe jubilantly waving flags of the Allied Nations as they celebrate the end of World War II on May 8, 1945. German military leaders signed an unconditional surrender in Reims, France, on May 7. Associated Press

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, center, waves to crowds gathered in front of Whitehall in London.  Keystone

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, center, waves to crowds gathered in front of Whitehall in London. Keystone

People ride on a van loaded with beer at Piccadilly Circus in London.  Keystone

People ride on a van loaded with beer at Piccadilly Circus in London. Keystone

People gather around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on VE Day.  AP

People gather around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on VE Day. AP

People celebrate at Times Square and 42nd Street in New York City.  Matty Zimmerman, AP

People celebrate at Times Square and 42nd Street in New York City. Matty Zimmerman, AP

A British sergeant is carried by the crowd as they celebrate the end of World War II in Europe in Moscow.  Keystone

A British sergeant is carried by the crowd as they celebrate the end of World War II in Europe in Moscow. Keystone

People celebrate outside the U.S. and British embassies in Lisbon, Portugal. The jubilant crowds celebrated for two days.  AP

People celebrate outside the U.S. and British embassies in Lisbon, Portugal. The jubilant crowds celebrated for two days. AP

Crowds of civilians, British and Allied troops wave and cheer as Prime Minister Winston Churchill, second balcony from left, and members of the Cabinet appear at Whitehall in London.  AP

Crowds of civilians, British and Allied troops wave and cheer as Prime Minister Winston Churchill, second balcony from left, and members of the Cabinet appear at Whitehall in London. AP

A damaged bust of German dictator Adolf Hitler lies in the ruins of the Chancellery in Berlin.  Reg Speller, Fox Photos, via Getty Images

A damaged bust of German dictator Adolf Hitler lies in the ruins of the Chancellery in Berlin. Reg Speller, Fox Photos, via Getty Images

When the second British Army took the Prison camp at Westertinke near Bremen, which had been the only naval prison camp on May 8, 1945 in Germany, they found that many American and Allied prisoners had been moved in by the retreating Germans form camps farther to the west.   AP

When the second British Army took the Prison camp at Westertinke near Bremen, which had been the only naval prison camp on May 8, 1945 in Germany, they found that many American and Allied prisoners had been moved in by the retreating Germans form camps farther to the west. AP

Happy crowds gather round the Rond-Point on the Champs-Elysees, Paris, on VE Day, May 8, 1945, to celebrate the announcement of Germany's unconditional surrender.  Henry L. Griffin, AP

Happy crowds gather round the Rond-Point on the Champs-Elysees, Paris, on VE Day, May 8, 1945, to celebrate the announcement of Germany’s unconditional surrender. Henry L. Griffin, AP

Enthusiastic Danish crowds greeted the British column on its arrival in Copenhagen, May 8, 1945.  AP

Enthusiastic Danish crowds greeted the British column on its arrival in Copenhagen, May 8, 1945. AP

With the final capitulation of the German armed forces Denmark once again celebrates her freedom. Riding in horse-drawn vehicles, on bicycles and on foot, Nazis filed out of Copenhagen to surrender to the nearest British forces. Here Germans crowd onto a miniature tank carrying a trailer on their way to surrender to British troops, May 8, 1945.   AP

With the final capitulation of the German armed forces Denmark once again celebrates her freedom. Riding in horse-drawn vehicles, on bicycles and on foot, Nazis filed out of Copenhagen to surrender to the nearest British forces. Here Germans crowd onto a miniature tank carrying a trailer on their way to surrender to British troops, May 8, 1945. AP

Video: VE at 70: Picking Up the Pieces –

Even with the defeat of Nazi Germany, there were daunting concerns still facing the world.

Europe was in shambles, it needed to be rebuilt – it needed money, resources, clean water, food, supplies, there were countless German POWs to process before allowing them to return home while also weeding out war criminals (the SS were of major concern), and millions of Nazi camp survivors needed a new start.

Plus there were also the tasks of implementing de-nazification and dividing Germany between America, Britain, France and Russia as agreed on by Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin at the Yalta conference (sometimes called the Crimea Conference and code-named the Argonaut Conference) held February 4–11, 1945.

There was also Japan.  The war with Imperial Japan still raged on in the Pacific and would continue for another three months.

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8 May 1945: “V-E” Day Remembered

On 8 May 1945, the unconditional surrender of Germany was ratified by Allies in Berlin. This event is remembered as “V-E” Day! (Victory in Europe)
Read remembrances of V-E Day on the Library of Congress’

But the Allies still had a hard-nosed Japanese force to deal with. It would be another three months until they surrendered.

On the web: http://1.usa.gov/zCibr

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Jubliant! An American Air Force man hugs an English woman, as all London turns out to celebrate Germany’s Surrender. A U.S. Navy Sailor is also present. U.S. Army Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, USA C-20539.

Jubliant! An American Air Force man hugs an English woman, as all London turns out to celebrate Germany’s Surrender. A U.S. Navy Sailor is also present. U.S. Army Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, USA C-20539.

Noumea, New Caledonia. Local people hold a spontaneous parade in celebration of “V-E” Day, 8 May 1945. The celebration included flag waving, cheering, and the ringing of the church bell. National Archives Photograph, 80-G-327520.

Noumea, New Caledonia. Local people hold a spontaneous parade in celebration of “V-E” Day, 8 May 1945. The celebration included flag waving, cheering, and the ringing of the church bell. National Archives Photograph, 80-G-327520.

William R. Wilson (right) and brother Cpl. Jack Wilson (left) standing by a German 88 mm gun at Verdun, France on VE Day. Courtesy of the Library of Congress: LC-DIG-ppmsca-15792.

William R. Wilson (right) and brother Cpl. Jack Wilson (left) standing by a German 88 mm gun at Verdun, France on VE Day. Courtesy of the Library of Congress: LC-DIG-ppmsca-15792.

Conquest of Germany, 1945. A Russian Soldier hugs Army photographer T/4 Charles P. Aquaviva as the 82nd Airborne Division linked up with the Russian Forces near Grabow, Germany, 3 May 1945. U.S. Army Photograph, SC 181990.

Conquest of Germany, 1945. A Russian Soldier hugs Army photographer T/4 Charles P. Aquaviva as the 82nd Airborne Division linked up with the Russian Forces near Grabow, Germany, 3 May 1945. U.S. Army Photograph, SC 181990.

V.E. Day, May 8, 1945, night illumination over K.D. [i.e., King David Hotel] & Y.M.C.A. taken from roof of Army Y.M.C.A. Hostel (old post office). Library of Congress: LC-DIG-matpc-14867

V.E. Day, May 8, 1945, night illumination over K.D. [i.e., King David Hotel] & Y.M.C.A. taken from roof of Army Y.M.C.A. Hostel (old post office). Library of Congress: LC-DIG-matpc-14867

General of the Army George C. Marshall, USA; Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, USN; and Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, USN, make a broadcast in Washington DC on 8 May 1945, following the official announcement of “V-E” Day. National Archives, 80-G-49101.

General of the Army George C. Marshall, USA; Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, USN; and Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, USN, make a broadcast in Washington DC on 8 May 1945, following the official announcement of “V-E” Day. National Archives, 80-G-49101.

Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, USN, leaves the Headquarters of US Ports and Bases in Bremen, Germany, 23 July 1945. Note the old designation of the building. National Archives photograph, 80-G-345992.

Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, USN, leaves the Headquarters of US Ports and Bases in Bremen, Germany, 23 July 1945. Note the old designation of the building. National Archives photograph, 80-G-345992.

V.E. Day, Barclay's Bank, London, England. Library of Congress: LC-M33- 13254.

V.E. Day, Barclay’s Bank, London, England. Library of Congress: LC-M33- 13254.

The front page of the New York Times proclaims the end of the war.

The front page of the New York Times proclaims the end of the war.