July 12th, 2005

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German forces formally surrendered over 6 - 8 May 1945, marked by VE Day on May 8th, while the Japanese surrender followed on 15 August 1945 (exactly 396 years after the arrival of Francis Xavier), called VJ Day. It was signed on September 2nd on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

There was quite a lot of fuss in May over the victory of the Allies in Germany. Why is the UK having another round of commemorations & celebrations in JULY? Is it just that the weather is more likely to be better then than at the time of the actual ending of World War II in August? Do they intend to have something to remember the atomic bombings of Nagasaki (M Butterfly's city) and Hiroshima, and the Japanese surrender, or is it following the grand British tradition of celebrating things -- like the monarch's birthday -- on days they didn't happen? As far as I can tell this isn't halfway between

The battle on Okinawa (~150,000 deaths) happened after the surrender of Germany, so did the final re-taking of the Philippines, some of the Tokyo raids, fighting in Borneo, etc, etc, and obviously the two atomic attacks. About 40 millions (twice the current population of Australia) had died by VE Day, but there were many deaths more before the end of the war.
[A document of unconditional German surrender was signed at General Dwight Eisenhower's headquarters in Reims on 7 May, but victory was celebrated on 8 May. The northern forces represented by Admiral Freideburg and General Jodl, surrendered to Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, near Lubeck, a day earlier. These show Keitel and Zhukov in Berlin at the Russian HQ.]
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War-end and photos discovered during search to back up query, below

Department of the Navy -- Naval Historical Centre: Online Library of Selected Images
www.history.navy.mil/branches/org11-2.htm

A vast resource: www.archives.gov/research/ww2/

One of the many pictures from this site. It may be by Lee Miller, or I may have seen her picture of the same scene, which I remember being framed slightly differently.
187. A general of the Volkssturm lies dead on the floor of city hall, Leipzig, Germany.


www.archives.gov/research_room/research_topics/world_war_2_photos/images/ww2_187.jpg

He committed suicide rather than face U.S. Army troops who captured the city on April 19, 1945.