1945 in London. Crowds filled the streets for huge celebrations on V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) on 8 May, followed by further celebrations on V-J Day (Victory in Japan Day) on 15 August, which finally brought the second world war to a close. Take a look at the pictures below for a snapshot of a monumental year in British history.
Piccadilly Circus Source Old London Air raid wardens race to the rescue in Farringdon after a V2 rocket explosion in March Source Bbc Big Ben floodlit on 8 May Source Old London Street party, Lopen Road, Edmonton Source 1900s Admiralty Arch decorated for VE Day celebrations Source Old London Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs Source Buzzfeed Heathrow Airport Source Buzzfeed VE Day celebrations seen from the Bank of England Source Bbc Clement Attlee meeting King George VI after his 1945 election victory
Source Historytoday Winston Churchill with General Eisenhower on VE Day Source Michael Beschloss The Cenotaph, VE Day Source Old London Westminster and Buckingham Palace Source Buzzfeed VJ Day street party Source Old London Trafalgar Square Source Alittlequirk Two small girls wave flags in the rubble of Battersea, VE Day Source Iwm VE Day street party, Argyle Road, Edmonton Source 1900s Piccadilly Circus Source Old London Piccadilly Circus on VE Day Source Londonhistorian Winston Churchill waves to the crowd in Whitehall, VE Day Source Old London VJ Day street party Source Old London Abandoned boy holding a soft toy Source Classic Pics Charley Brown's pub, Limehouse Source Aucharbon Chelsea V Moscow Dynamo Source Old London VJ Day Source Londonhistorian Pacific Show Boat at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith Source Londonhistorian Celebrations at Piccadilly Circus, VJ Day Source Londonhistorian Burberrys advert from the Illustrated London News Source Burberry Rip was a search and rescue dog, and found 100 London air raid victims between 1940-1941. He received the Dickin Medal for Bravery. Source Historical Images VE Day, 8 May Source History in Pictures A V-1 Buzz Bomb plunging towards central London Source World War Ii History
Last Updated 07 August 2017