Humpday History (8 May 2013)

Humpday History

Humpday History

For this week’s Humpday History, I would like to present…..

Victory in Europe Day…or the day the European portion of World War II ended.

Victory Celebration at Piccadilly Circus for VE-Day

Victory Celebration at Piccadilly Circus for VE-Day

Prime Minister Winston Churchill waving to the crowds in London.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill waving to the crowds in London.

 

As we all know, Nationalist Socialist leader Adolf Hitler committed suicide on 30 April 1945 with his new bride Eva Braun.  Admiral Karl Donitz, became head (President of the Reich, as Hitler had abolished the office of Fuhrer in his will) of the Flensburg Government.  The first surrender document was signed in Rheims, France, on 7 May 1945, but the Soviet representative General Ivan Susloparov had not been authorized to sign it, another Surrender ceremony and document was signed in Berlin on the 8th, to officially end the war.

Soviet General Susloparov (far left) with General Eisenhower at Rheims surrender ceremony

Soviet General Susloparov (far left) with General Eisenhower at Rheims surrender ceremony

German Surrender Document

German Surrender Document

While the war did continue against the Empire of Japan, the war in Europe was officially over, although sadly that did not mean the suffering was over.  Millions of people were shuffled about Europe, forced across borders, some jailed, many abused, the fighting in some parts of Europe continued until the 1980s, the last fighter not coming out of hiding until 1995.

Victory Day, Moscow 2005

Victory Day, Moscow 2005

This entire meager post is dedicated to all the brave men and women who fought so courageously for democracy and freedom in those dark days.

Soviet Commander Zhukov reading the surrender document.

Soviet Commander Zhukov reading the surrender document.

 

Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel signing surrender document

Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel signing surrender document

 

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