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English: Ve Day Celebrations in London, England, UK, 8 May 1945
A number 3 double-decker bus slowly pushes its way through the huge crowds gathered in Whitehall to hear Churchill's Victory speech and celebrate Victory in Europe Day. The crowd is a mix of service personnel, civilians and children. Behind the bus, people line the balconies of the buildings along the street, and in the background, Westminster Abbey can be seen.

IWMLondonThumbnail.jpg This is photograph D 24587 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
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Part of Ministry of Information Second World War Official Collection
  • Associated places
    London, England, UK
  • Associated events
    VE Day, Peace Celebrations, Celebrations
  • Associated themes
    British Home Front 1939-1945
  • Associated keywords
    Architecture, Celebration, Civilians, Daily Life, Mood, Morale, Patriotism, Towns and Cities, Transport, children, women
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