On 8 May 1945, the news the nation had been waiting for arrived. War in Europe was over! For days people had been anticipating the news of the German surrender – a team of bell ringers were on hand to ring in victory at St Paul’s Cathedral, people bought Union Jack flags and houses were garlanded with bunting, ready for the celebrations that would surely come.
Finally, in a school house in Rheims, Germany’s unconditional surrender was signed at 2.41pm on 7 May 1945. Active operations by the German Forces would cease by 11.01pm the next day. Six years of bloodshed in Europe that had killed approximately 382,700 members of the British Armed Forces and 67,100 civilians were finally over.
Our whimsical ‘Everything You Need To Know About VE Day’ video gives a very quick overview .