WW2: How did the British plan to celebrate VE Day?
Planning for peace
In spring 1945, war with Germany was drawing to a close.
While the British government was dealing with a country in the grip of rationing and cities ravaged by bombs, some ministers had to turn their thoughts to how people could celebrate victory after six years of war.
Enter the ‘Office Committee for the Coordination of Departmental Action on the End of Hostilities in Europe.’
The men from the ministry
Behind the scenes a group of men were quietly laying the groundwork for the country's celebrations.
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Letting loose in London
Although parades and street parties took place across the UK, the largest events were held in London. Here, celebrations were at their most raucous as tens of thousand of revellers partied into the night.