Primary History KS2: WW2 Clips. VJ Day celebrations
A reporter describes VJ Day celebrations in London on 15 August 1945.
The war ended in Europe on 7 May 1945 but ferocious fighting continued in the Pacific between the Allies and Japan.
Key to the Japanese surrender was the dropping of two atomic bombs: the first on Hiroshima on 6 August and then on Nagasaki on 9 August. The Allies celebrated victory over Japan on 15 August 1945, although a signed document did not follow until 2 September.
VJ Day - 'Victory over Japan' - led to further spontaneous street celebrations to mark the end of six years of war. BBC reporter Wynford Vaughan-Thomas was in Piccadilly Circus in London to witness the celebrations on 15 August 1945 which lasted late into the night, with bonfires, dancing and fireworks...