Germans returning to Berlin walk past the saluting base for the Berlin Victory March Past which is decorated with pictures of President Truman, Stalin and Winston Churchill. The writing underneath is in Russian. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images). 9th July 1945

US 5th Division Marines display Japanese battle flags captured in the battle at Iwo Jima. The US Army landed on Iwo Jima 19th February 1945. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Soldiers of the 70th division of the American 7th Army hold up a Nazi flag and a portrait of Adolf Hitler, taken during the World War II capture of Saarbrucken. (Photo by Horace Abrahams/Keystone/Getty Images). 22nd March 1945

Three Japanese prisoners of war surrounded by American soldiers after they were captured during fighting on Iwo Jima. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images). 8th March 1945

Australian Troops returning to Britain from the Far East, show off their Japanese trophies of war. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images). September 1945

General Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964) looks down on dead Japanese soldiers after a fierce battle on Bataan. (Photo by Aaron/Hulton Archive/Getty Images). March 1945

One of the ten German stormtroopers accused by captured Wehrmacht men of killing American prisoners of war at Malmedy, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge. They were taken by the 3rd Army in Germany and two of them were beaten by Wehrmacht soldiers. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 7th May 1945

US tanks and troops advance along the Dachauerstrasse, Munich, to occupy the city. (Photo by Horace Abrahams/Keystone/Getty Images). 3rd May 1945

Displaced Persons crossing a bridge on the River Elbe at Tangermunde, which has been blown up by the Germans, to escape the chaos behind German lines caused by the approach of the advancing Russians. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images). 1st May 1945

A captured Wehrmacht soldier identifies an SS trooper as one those who shot US Army prisoners in Malmedy, Belgium, during the “Battle of the Bulge”. These men were captured by the 3rd US Army near Passau, Germany. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 7th May 1945

Liberated prisoners from Dachau, the German concentration camp wave in joy. Those wearing striped uniforms are political prisoners whose fate was cremation if they had not been liberated by the US 7th Army. (Photo by Horace Abrahams/Keystone/Getty Images). 7th May 1945

Russian and American troops meet up on the River Elbe. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 27th April 1945

Boy meets girl in the unleashed joy of the VJ Day celebration. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images). United States, August 1945

A British Prisoner of War, about to be transported back to England, wears a German peaked cap which he has picked up as a souvenir. (Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images). 12th May 1945

Field Marshal Bernad L. Montgomery (1887–1976, right) gives his terms of surrender to the defeated German delegation, headed by Admiral von Friedeburg, General Kinzel and Admiral Wagner, at the headquarters of the British 2nd Army. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 3rd May 1945

Allied soldiers queuing outside the devastated German Chancellery to see the remains of Adolf Hitler's underground shelter where he is reputed to have committed suicide. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images). 27th July 1945

With unrestrained emotion, Allied prisoners of war at Aomori near Yokohama, Japan, cheer wildly as approaching rescuers of the US Navy bring in food, clothing and medical supplies. The men are waving flags of the United States, Great Britain, and Holland. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). 29th August 1945

Russian Foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov broadcasting from the United Nations conference in San Francisco after the announcement of the German surrender. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 14th May 1945

A wounded American serviceman during a ticker tape parade in New York following press reports of the unconditional surrender of Germany. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images) 7th May 1945

English, American and Soviet officers at the Femina nightclub in Nuremburger Strasse, Berlin. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images). 15th August 1945

German police and citizens of Ludwigslust file past bodies of inmates of nearby Wobbelin concentration camp. The bodies have been exhumed from a mass grave and are to be reburied in the town. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 7th May 1945

Soldiers from the American and Russian Armies gather around a jeep and chat and laugh, Torgau, Germany, April 28, 1945. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

US and Russian commanders exchange stories at a meeting on the banks of the Elbe River, Torgau, Germany, April 28, 1945. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

American Major-General Emil F. Reinhardt (1888–1969) (left), Commanding General of the 69th Division, shakes hands with his Russian counterpart, Major-General Vladimir V. Rusakov, Commanding Officer of the 58th Guards Division, at a meeting of American and Russian troops near the Elbe River and the town of Torgau, Germany, late April, 1945. The two armies had met up on the 25th of April, effectivrly splitting the opposing German army. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Soldiers and their partners celebrate Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day), in New York City, 14th August 1945. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Female Russian soldier grinning broadly while showing off her medals and a US Army Officer's insignia pinned to her shirt after the Allied troops met following the fall of Berlin. Berlin, Germany, July 1945. (Photo by William Vandivert/Life)

Russian military personnel under archway entrance to the Reichstag building which is covered in graffiti scrawled & scratched by their conquering comrades, making the spot a top “tourist” draw for the Russian troops. Berlin, Germany, July 1945. (Photo by William Vandivert/Life)

Russian soldiers (& unident. in suit) lifting large bronze Nazi Party eagle symbol which they removed from over doorway of the Reichschancellery bldg. to be taken as a trophy. Berlin, Germany, July 1945. (Photo by William Vandivert/Life)

US sailor bending young nurse over his arm to give her passionate kiss in middle of Times Square as others look on amused, during celebration of Japan's surrender to Allies at end of WWII. New York, NY, US. August 14, 1945. (Photo by Lt. Victor Jorgensen/Life)



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