VJ Day

The 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) will be recognised on 15 August, commemorating the final end of the Second World War

BRITAIN HEARS NEWS OF END OF JAP WAR: CELEBRATING VICTORY IN JAPAN, LONDON, ENGLAND, UK, c 15 AUGUST 1945 (D 25636) In London's Piccadilly Circus,a group of servicemen and women, and a civilian woman, link arms as they walk towards the camera, singing as they dance in celebration around Eros (not pictured), on the news that the war in Japan is over. Behind them, crowds of people are gathered in the sunshine. Several buses can also be seen. This photograph was taken from beside Eros, looking towards Piccadill... Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205202196
Britain hears news of the end of the war in Japan. © IWM.

In the coming weeks the Government will announce plans to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

Veterans of the Far East campaign will be at the heart of the commemorations as the nation thanks them for their service and sacrifice. Events will also pay tribute to the tens of thousands of service personnel from across the UK and the Commonwealth who fought and died in the war against Japan, including all those who were held as prisoners of war by the Japanese.

Watch veterans’ stories from VE and VJ Day.