70 years ago on May 8, the Allies of WWII accepted Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces, marking an end to the War in Europe.
Crowds outside Piccadilly Circus, London 1945
De Glindhorst, Netherlands, May 1945. (L-R): Private Wilf Monbourquette, Sergeant Ross MacKay, Privates Hugh McErlain, Lawrence Spence, Harry Campbell, Dusty Millar and Aubrey Bolitho.
Infantrymen of “D” Company, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada celebrate VE-Day 1945. Photo credit: Lt. Michael M. Dean/Library and Archives Canada
Marine Private First Class Raymond Hubert, shakes a three-day accumulation of sand from his boon docker, while using an unexploded 16 inch naval shell as a resting place.
Photo courtesy of U.S. National Archives
And at Yankee Stadium in 1939:
Lou Gehrig gives the most famous speech in baseball history. “I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.” Gehrig would die in less than two years after saying those words from the disease ALS.
War correspondent Robert Capa took this photograph while wading ashore Omaha Beach with one of the first landings of soldiers. Capa took 79 images during the first hours of the invasion. A careless lab tech ruined all but 7 of the negatives.
Over his 22 year career, Capa covered the Spanish Civil War, the London blitz, World War II, the birth of Israel, and the war in Indochina. He was killed in 1954 when he stepped on a mine while covering his final conflict in Indochina.