Searchlights and fireworks light up the night sky as the unconditional surrender of Germany is celebrated in Red Square. Moscow, Soviet Union. 9th of May 1945.
Soviet soldiers man a Maxim M1910 machine gun. Kursk, Soviet Union. July 1943.
Japanese civilians listen to the radio broadcast made by Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) announcing the unconditional surrender of the Empire of Japan and its armed forces. Japan. 15th of August 1945.
Soviet soldiers escort German officers to surrender negotiations. Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland). 6th of May 1945.
American servicemen and women celebrate the surrender of the Empire of Japan to the Allies and the end of the Second World War. Paris, France. 15th of August 1945.
Japanese General Kenji Doihara inspects soldiers of the Indian National Army. The INA, made up of Indian nationalists, aimed to deliver Indian independence from the United Kingdom with the assistance of Japan and possessed around 40,000 fighters at its peak. Singapore, Malay Peninsula. 1944.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, American President Harry Truman and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin shake hands for the camera. Churchill would be replaced at the conference days later by Clement Attlee after losing the general election of 1945 (Churchill would later be re-elected in 1951). The conference was also the first and only time that Truman, who had taken over the Presidency of the US after the death of Franklin Roosevelt three months earlier, would meet Stalin. Stalin remained the leader of the Soviet Union until his death in 1953. Potsdam, Germany. 23rd of July 1945.
British Cruiser Mk. IV tanks on exercises. East Anglia, England. 3rd of September 1940.
American glider pilots board a transport ship from a landing craft on their way back to their English bases. Normandy, France. 8th of June 1944.
A German fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) observes low ground from an elevated position. The German use of terrain in their defensive line at Monte Cassino was brutally effective, allowing German forces to hold the position for four months and inflicting massive losses on the Allies. The defenders were finally dislodged from their positions by a determined assault by Polish units. Cassino, Italy. February 1944.