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Civilians and service personnel in London’s Picadilly Circus celebrate the news of the Allied Victory, 15 August 1945.

Civilians and service personnel in London’s Picadilly Circus celebrate the news of the Allied Victory, 15 August 1945.

Source / August 15, 2014 / 48

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A Chinese soldier being carried around by American GIs on VJ Day/Piccadilly Circus, London

A Chinese soldier being carried around by American GIs on VJ Day/Piccadilly Circus, London

Source / August 15, 2014 / 63

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Londoners celebrating the announcement of Japan’s surrender, 15 August 1945

On the afternoon of 15 August 1945 (or 14 August, depending on the timezone) the Japanese government surrendered to the Allies. The Second World War was, for all intensive purposes, finally over. Named in the same fashion as V-E Day, Victory over Japan Day is celebrated on the 15th in mainly the UK; in Japan, the day is a marker for remembrance.

The actual treaty would not be signed until 2 September 1945 (the official V-J Day in the United States), but fighting ceased upon the 15th August announcement. 

August 15, 2014, 12:00pm / 189

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An American soldiers sits on top of a traffic light in London to celebrate the news of the end of the war.

An American soldiers sits on top of a traffic light in London to celebrate the news of the end of the war.

Source / August 15, 2014 / 119

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First Division Marines on Okinawa gather around Corporal John Dulin as he wields a Japanese samurai sword to cut a VJ cake that he baked for the celebration. That isn’t sugar cake though, the icing is made of starch.

First Division Marines on Okinawa gather around Corporal John Dulin as he wields a Japanese samurai sword to cut a VJ cake that he baked for the celebration. That isn’t sugar cake though, the icing is made of starch.

Source / December 25, 2013 / 165

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/ September 02, 2013 / 41

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Personnel at Naval Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina, celebrate the news of Japan’s surrender.

Personnel at Naval Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina, celebrate the news of Japan’s surrender.

Source / September 02, 2013 / 35

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A Japanese POW breaking down into tears on Guam after hearing the radio announcement of the unconditional surrender of the Empire, 2 September 1945

A Japanese POW breaking down into tears on Guam after hearing the radio announcement of the unconditional surrender of the Empire, 2 September 1945

/ September 02, 2013 / 329

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