On May 8, 1945, people flooded the streets, waved banners and all but mauled American troops in hugs, as the Allies marked the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany's armed forces. Having endured years of death, disaster and genocide during World War II, many Europeans and Americans could have only dreamt that such a day would arrive.
On this day in history, VE Day, America and its allies breathed a collective sigh of relief as the bloodshed and suffering in Europe was finally ended. Hitler was dead, as were his plans for a Thousand Year Reich. Victory in Europe, at last, was realized.
Those countries allied in opposition to the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) in World War II (1939–1945).
Victory in Europe Day.
VE Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.