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VJ DAY EX­PLAINED

- Japan

ON Satur­day 15 Au­gust, peo­ple around the world will cel­e­brate the 75th an­niver­sary of Vic­tory over Ja­pan (VJ) Day, which was the day when World War Two fi­nally ended. But ‘cel­e­brate’ is the wrong word for many peo­ple, as the hor­rors of WW2 meant that there was very lit­tle to be happy about. As his­to­rian Don­ald L Miller wrote: “It was too much death to con­tem­plate [think about], too much sav­agery and suf­fer­ing. For those who had seen the face of bat­tle… there was a sense of im­mense re­lief.”

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 ??  ?? Crowds wait out­side Buck­ing­ham Palace to see King Ge­orge VI (who was our Queen’s dad) af­ter the news of Ja­pan’s sur­ren­der spread across the UK
Crowds wait out­side Buck­ing­ham Palace to see King Ge­orge VI (who was our Queen’s dad) af­ter the news of Ja­pan’s sur­ren­der spread across the UK
 ??  ?? The me­mo­rial to Al­lied sol­diers in Ko­hima War Ceme­tery in In­dia. The verse on it says: “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your to­mor­row, we gave our to­day,” and is known as the Ko­hima Epi­taph (an epi­taph is a short piece of writ­ing on a tomb or mon­u­ment)
The me­mo­rial to Al­lied sol­diers in Ko­hima War Ceme­tery in In­dia. The verse on it says: “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your to­mor­row, we gave our to­day,” and is known as the Ko­hima Epi­taph (an epi­taph is a short piece of writ­ing on a tomb or mon­u­ment)
 ??  ?? Bri­tish troops pay trib­ute to their fallen com­rades in Ko­hima, In­dia
Bri­tish troops pay trib­ute to their fallen com­rades in Ko­hima, In­dia

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