Posted on Aug 15, 2019
On August 15th 1945 the Second World War finally came to an end with the unconditional surrender, and the acceptance of allied rule by Emperor Hirohito of Japan.
The Potsdam Declaration, issued by US President Harry S. Truman, UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Chiang Kai-shek of China, and which outlined the terms of surrender, was a accompanied by an ultimatum stating that if Japan did not surrender, it would face "prompt and utter destruction". This was interpreted, as it was intended to be, as the threat of further use of the atomic bomb against Japanese cities.
On the 15th and 16th, hundreds of British, Australian, and American Prisoners of War, along with many civilian internees, Men, women and children, were murdered by their guards. There were atrocities committed by both sides.
Following the official announcement of the end of hostilities, spontaneous celebrations broke out across the allied world, leaving us with iconic images that captured the unimaginable joy of millions.
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