V.E. Day 75 years on.

People in Britain are celebrating today. Although, given the worldwide pandemic which is proving as difficult to defeat as any physical enemy, those celebrations will be subdued. Mike, the owner of the blog “A Bit About Britian” and author of “A Bit About Britian’s History” captures the importance of the day in the post I’ve linked below, I think.

Celebrations, similarly curtailed by the pandemic, are taking place in other European Capitals also. Britons tend to see the victory as exclusively theirs, but partisans across occupied Europe played an important part, as did the USA, Canada and all of the Commonwealth countries. And Russia, as one of Britain’s allies, is not only entitled to it’s share of pride in the achievement but suffered far more civilian losses.

Anyway, here is Mike’s piece: https://bitaboutbritain.com/ve-day-2020/

An undated handout photo released by Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) on May 5, 2020, shows Royal Marines, Royal Engineers and Royal Navy personnel that form the crew of the British military vessel RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) Argus celebrating 75 years since VE day (Victory in Europe Day) marking the end on World War II on May 8. AFP – LPHOT RORY ARNOLD,RORY ARNOLDv, Found at France24.com

2 thoughts on “V.E. Day 75 years on.

  1. Thanks, Frank. I suppose every nation is a little partisan, and there is much about VE Day in the UK that highlights the conditions on the home front – but I don’t think we see the end of the war as exclusively our victory. My parents certainly often spoke of the other nations involved, particularly the Americans and Canadians stationed in such large numbers here. Hard to miss! But I agree that the role of the Soviet Union, whose contribution was a decisive factor in Hitler’s defeat, is often downplayed – perhaps for obvious political reasons.

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  2. Whatever the opinion of the average Brit regarding the UK’s role in WWII, there can be no doubt that Hollywood has often given the impression that the USA played the lead role! By the way, the Lancaster in which my father ‘bought it’ was captained by a Canadian.

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