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VE DAY falls on Friday, May 8 this year and it is the 75th anniversary of the event. Celebrations will be different this year


What is VE day?

VE day marks the end of World War 2, which officially began on September 1, 1939.

Victory in Europe Day, as it's otherwise known, is a day celebrating the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, May 8, 1945.

During the course of World War 2, the Axis troops had captured and occupied lots of countries, including France and Poland.

But by 1944, lots of these countries were being freed by the Allies. Italy also changed sides in 1943 and declared war on Germany.

Germany and the Axis powers were losing. Then, on 30th April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. A week later, Germany surrendered.

On May 8, 1945, Winston Churchill (Britain’s Prime Minister at the time) announced the war was over.

This was known as VE Day (Victory in Europe Day). However, the war wasn’t officially ended all around the world until September 2, 1945.


Here are some resources you may wish to use.