May 8, 1945 marked the end of World War II in Europe. Known as Victory in Europe Day or V.E. Day, it marked the end of the war that started in September of 1939 when German forces invaded Poland. V.E. Day marked the end of the Third Reich and freedom for much of Europe. The rest of Europe, including unfortunate Poland, was plunged into the tyranny of Communism under the Soviet Union, but that’s a story for another day. The surrender took place in Berlin, to Soviet troops as representatives of the other Allies observed.
Much of Europe lies in ruins, millions of people killed, many more injured, many are missing.
Meanwhile in the Pacific the war against the Japanese continued and would continue until September.