VJ Day 15th August 1945

The British Modern Military History Society salutes all those men and women who served in the far east in the war against Japan until the very last day of World War Two. They all suffered immense hardships, barbarity and harsh conditions as a result of the fighting and for many in captivity as POWs, but their resilience and determination to fight for freedom demonstrated huge spirit and commitment to the cause, with tens of thousands paying the ultimate sacrifice and many suffering a life time of injuries, both physical and mental. While referred to as the Forgotten Army, they are not forgotten and never should be.

The BMMHS pays tribute to you all on this 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

Stay safe and well.

The BMMHS Team

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VJ day Celebrations
Two cheering American soldiers supporting a British girl wearing on her chest a newspaper giving the news of the Japanese surrender. © IWM EA 75895
VJ day Celebrations
THE VJ DAY CELEBRATIONS, 15 AUGUST 1945 (D 25639) Crowds of people wait for news at the junction of Whitehall with Downing Street, 15 August 1945. The crowd consists of service personnel and civilians alike, all waiting for confirmation from the Prime Minister that the war in Japan is over. Clearly visible in the background, as well as a London bus, are the Cenotaph, the top of Victoria Tower (part of the Houses of Parliament) and Big Ben. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205202199
VJ day celebrations
VJ CELEBRATIONS IN LONDON, AUGUST 1945 (EA 75898) Crowds dancing in Oxford Circus, London. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205193819
VJ Celebration 15th Aug 1945
HOW PEACE CAME TO THE EAST. 15 AUGUST 1945, ON BOARD THE ESCORT CARRIER HMS SHAH OF THE EAST INDIES FLEET. Leading Seaman Alfred Charles Dennis of Plymouth enjoys a Victory cigar. He is indicating his approval not only with the quality of the cigar but with the occasion the photograph was taken, on board HMS SHAH on the day the Japanese capitulated (15 August 1945) Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205161380