New York City Victory Parade of 1946

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The New York City Victory Parade of 1946 was held in New York City, United States, on January 12, 1946, to celebrate the victorious conclusion of World War II.[1]


The parade was led by 13,000 men of the 82nd Airborne Division (including the African-American 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion[2]) under General James M. Gavin.[3][4] The 82nd was chosen as the All-American Division to represent the U.S. Army and the end of World War II.[4] The parade also included Sherman tanks and other armored vehicles, such as self-propelled howitzers, and a fly-by of a formation of glider-towing C-47s.[5] The 82nd also participated in the September Berlin Victory Parade of 1945.[6]

In preparation for the New York parade, the division mustered and trained three times a day since late 1945, after having finished their garrison duty in Berlin.[7] The division arrived in United States on January 3, and continued training for the parade at Camp Shanks.[7]

The parade, beginning at Washington Square, marching up Fifth Avenue, was reported to be four miles long.[3][5] It was a ticker tape parade, and was covered by newsreels of the time.[1] However, Life' magazine reported that it was "oddly subdued", and blamed it on the elimination of many military bands by the demilitarization.[4] Government officials witnessing the parade included the New York Governor, Thomas E. Dewey the New York City Mayor, William O'Dwyer, and the former New York City Mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia.[5]

New York was the site of the largest American Victory in Europe Day celebrations.[8] Two months earlier, on 27 October 1945, it also witnessed a naval victory parade.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Phil Nordyke (19 May 2006). The All Americans in World War II: A Photographic History of the 82nd Airborne Division at War. Zenith Imprint. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-7603-2617-6. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  2. ^ Jonathan Sutherland (2004). African Americans at War: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 184. ISBN 978-1-57607-746-7. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b Steven Zaloga (18 October 2011). IS-2 Heavy Tank 1944-73. Osprey Publishing. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-78096-139-2. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Time Inc (28 January 1946). LIFE. Time Inc. pp. 38–. ISSN 0024-3019. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Stock Footage - Major General Gavin leads 82nd Air Borne troops during a victory parade in New York City". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  6. ^ "Парады Победы 1945 года—Берлин, Москва, Берлин, Харбин - Газета - Зеркало недели. Украина". Retrieved 2012-10-09.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b Tom Peeters. "Victory parade for the 82nd Airborne Division, New York". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  8. ^ James Gilbert Ryan; Leonard C. Schlup (30 June 2006). Historical Dictionary of The 1940s. M.E. Sharpe. p. 396. ISBN 978-0-7656-0440-8. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  9. ^ James L. Mooney (30 June 1976). Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, V. 6: Historical Sketches, R Through S, Appendices, Submarine Chasers, Eagle-Class Patrol Craft. Government Printing Office. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-16-002030-8. Retrieved 10 October 2012.

External links[edit]