Convoy HX72 & U-100
This site describes the events surrounding the loss
of the Canonesa, the attack on Convoy HX72, and the
exploits of the U-boat which sank seven ships in just
over three hours; U-100, captained by Joachim Schepke.
Each house in a German village displays a white flag of surrender.
U.S. 9th Army reaches Elbe River.
American and Soviet troops meet east of the Elbe River.
April 14, 1945
Soviets enter Vienna, Austria.
April 18, 1945
Last German troops on the Ruhr River give up after being encircled by Allied troops.
An American soldier guards german prisoners captured in the Ruhr Pocket.
April 29, 1945
Americans liberate Dachau Concentration Camp.
This pile of clothes belonged to prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp, recently liberated by troops of the U.S. Seventh Army. Slave laborers were compelled to strip before they were killed.
World War Two veteran who was one of the first of the U.S. soldiers to enter a German Concentration Camp and shares his experiences and some of the startling photographs he took.
(Note: Some of the images are very graphic)
The American flag on June 22 denoted the end of organized Japanese resistance on Okinawa.
World War II Marine veteran interview about Okinawa
July 16, 1945
(from left to right) British Prime Minister Clement Atlee; U.S. President Harry S. Truman; Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. The Potsdam Conference convenes with U.S. President Truman,Soviet Premier Stalin and Prime Ministers Churchill and Atlee to discuss post-war Europe. Lasting until August 2, the leaders completed several agreements and also issued the "Potsdam Declaration" demanding Japan's unconditional surrender.
August 6, 1945
Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., pilot of the ENOLA GAY, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, waves from his cockpit before the takeoff, August 6, 1945. Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
At the time this photo was made, smoke billowed 20,000 feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over 10,000 feet on the target at the base of the rising column.Two planes of the 509th Composite Group, part of the 313th Wing of the 20th Air Force, participated in this mission, one to carry the bomb, the other to act as escort. Date 08/06/1945
During the Allied occupation period, a Navy photographer took this photo of the ruins that resulted from atom bomb blast in Hiroshima, Japan. Japanese soldier walks through leveled area.
September 2, 1945
"In the morning of 2 September 1945, more that two weeks after acceping the Allies terms, Japan formally surrendered. The ceremonies, less than half an hour long, took place on board the battleship USS Missouri, anchored with other United States' and British ships in Tokyo Bay."