VJ Day 1945 explained: What's the difference between VE and VJ Day? What happened?


    VJ and VE day were a cause for celebration all over the world, as the Allies celebrated victories on different fronts. In Europe, the Allies had fought a bitter war since 1939, which killed millions and left civilians in a desperate situation. On May 9, 1945, the Nazis surrendered, and the war concluded in Europe, now commemorated as VE ‘Victory in Europe’ Day. VJ Day wouldn’t come until months later, however.

    What is the difference between VE and VJ Day?

    VE ‘Victory in Europe’ Day celebrates the culmination of World war Two in Europe.

    Nazi leader Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker on April 30, 1945, as the Allies advanced on Germany.

    His successor, Karl Dönitz, decided to surrender, and officially signed the German Instrument of Surrender one week later on May 7 in France.

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