Regardless of which day they were celebrating on or where in the world they were, civilians and service men and women in Allied countries were partying like they hadn’t done since the end of World War I. And, these photographs show huge numbers of folks letting loose and celebrating – especially those in uniform!
From original caption: “Japanese Surrender, August-September 1945. V-J Celebrations. Scenes at Waikiki, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, when word was received that the Japanese had accepted the Potsdam surrender terms, August 15, 1945. U.S.” Via/ Flickr
From original caption: “Civilians and service personnel in London’s Picadilly Circus celebrate the news of Allied Victory over Japan in August 1945.” Via/ Wiki Commons
From original Caption: “New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square.” Via/ Wiki Commons
From original Caption: “A New Zealand sailor raises his bowler hat in the sunshine as he celebrates Victory in Japan with several smiling American soldiers and English civilian women on the Strand in London. One of the GIs has a small spray of flowers pinned to his shirt.” Via/ Wiki Commons
From original Caption: “Surrender of Japan, August-September 1945. Victory Celebrations (VJ Day) at CINCPAC HQ, Guam, August 15, 1945.” Via/ Flickr
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