Talk:Victory in Europe Day

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I Wonder if VE and VJ Day are the same — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 18:22, 10 March 2004

No, they are not the same, see the articles. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 19:19, 3 May 2005

To be moved to wikisource[edit]

Do we need the Declaration of Military Surrender? Relevant, but would be better linked to as an external source of in 19:19, May 3, 2005 (UTC)

I agree it is exactly what wikisource is for and should be moved. Though maybe an important point or two could be incorporated into the article. say1988 — Preceding undated comment added 01:26, 8 May 2005‎

Agreed, move it to wikisource - but don't just delete it! --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 14:06, 8 May 2005 (UTC)

(Yet another copy of the same text redacted. For the full text, see this page's history.)

I've restored the ACT OF MILITARY SURRENDER. It will be removed again when I find the link to the Wikisource. Feel free to beat me to it. -- PFHLai 14:48, 2005 May 8 (UTC)

  • Wikipedia:Don't include copies of primary sources. You don't need to "find a link" to Wikisource. Just go directly to Wikisource. You don't need to go any further than the Wikipedia Main Page to know where it is. And you don't need to go very far in Wikisource to find that this document has been there since 2003. I've undone the mess that was made of this article by the people who didn't check Wikisource first. Uncle G 15:15, 2005 May 8 (UTC)
    • Nicely done, Uncle G. I have never made links to any items in Wikisource, and now I know how to do it. Thank you. -- PFHLai 18:48, 2005 May 9 (UTC)

Sentence removed from article[edit]

I've just removed this:

"May 8 is somewhat of a holiday for antifascists in Europe, especially Germany."

Aside from its odd coding, it's not clear what it means (what's "somewhat of a holiday"?), nor whether it's true (or, indeed, what being true would consist in). Could anyone help? --Mel Etitis (Μελ Ετητης) 09:42, 16 August 2005 (UTC)

How many people are in the picture?[edit]

In the crowd below Churchill? Sagittarian Milky Way 06:49, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Several. Definately more than 3.
Petecollier 18:41, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
The article says that more than a million people took to the streets in celebration in London. The number visible through Churchill's window is immaterial. Lorangriel 19:19, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

The text says that "in the United Kingdom more than 100 million people celebrated in the streets." Given that the population of the U.K. is somewhat below 100 million, where did all these people come from ??? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:14, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

Removed dead links[edit]

BsL (talk) 14:36, 22 March 2008 (UTC)


I think that this article requires cleanup because I noticed several grammatical errors. I fixed one but I'm leaving right now, I'll try and fix more when I'm back but in the meantime it would be nice if someone else could do it. Also I don't know how to mark it as cleanup needed or else I would. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:31, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Disagree with resent text removal[edit]

I see no reason for removal of "Celebration" and "Soviet Victory day" sections: the article's name is "Victory in Europe day", not "Victory in Europe (May 8) day". Reverted.--Paul Siebert (talk) 17:07, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Odd linkage[edit]

Why does this article have a link to western betrayal? W. B. Wilson (talk) 16:25, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

I will remove in a week or so unless another editor can demonstrate the relationship of the two articles. W. B. Wilson (talk) 04:30, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

Link removed as the western betrayal article itself was deleted on 18 March. W. B. Wilson (talk) 08:35, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

May 8th as a public holiday[edit]

May 8th is not a public holiday in Norway. Maybe it has been on some specific occasions, but the information here is not generally correct. Should I remove it? I think that a similar comment can be made about some of the other countries listed too. In fact, this section is quite ambiguous and muddled. Quantum.wells (talk) 13:21, 21 April 2010 (UTC)


This article is about Victory in Europe, for Europe, why is there a paragraph about the celebrations in The United States? Shouldn't this have it's own header such as 'Celebrations outside of Europe'? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:59, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

It was victory in the war that was waged in Europe, but that war was being waged by the Allies, including the US. Ie the US were at war in Europe, so they celebrated when the war ended and their troops could come home. (Eg, similar to the US's war(s) in Iraq.) Mitch Ames (talk) 03:52, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

The requested cite for Princess Elizabeth's movements on VE day can be found in the epic "World at War" series; it may be the Remember episode. She talked about wandering the streets anonymously, with her sister & as I recall, one "houseman"... (talk) 21:19, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

Combine 8 and 9 May as celebrations of V-E Day[edit]

Any treatment of the Allied victory in Europe must include the Soviet Union, an ally in the war against Nazi Germany. Any attempt at separate treatment of western and Soviet aspects and celebrations does injustice to the at least 12 million uniformed war dead on the Soviet side. For those interested in history it must be remembered that the total U.S. uniformed war dead in WW-II (all theaters) was about 400,000. Put into comparison with at least 12 million Soviet uniformed war dead and at least a comparable figure for civilians (numbers for both Soviet military and civilian war dead also have been calculated as much higher) this was a tragic but comparatively small price.Федоров (talk) 16:18, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

VE Day - thats what was celebrated in Britain I think - 'Victory Day' doesn't mean anything I don't think to the British , there was VE Day and then VJ Day. Its not a slight on anyones sacrifices, its a matter of historical record, how the event was referred to in certain countries. VE Day should be kept separate from other articles not about VE Day. Thats how I see it anyhow, Sayerslle (talk) 02:41, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
The role of the USSR in the war against Nazi Germany is not that simple. One must remember that for the two first years of WW2, the USSR and Nazi-Germany were allies and co-aggressors. Hence, in the USSR one only learns about the 'great Patriotic war' from 1941-1945, while the coordinated Nazi/Soviet aggression in the first two years of WW2 is conveniently forgotten. Except of course in Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, all of them uncompensated victims of Soviet aggression. Only in 1991, after fifty years of Soviet repression did the Baltic countries regain their independence, while even today Poland finds it borders forcibly shifted towards the West. So from a central-European point of view, it makes perfect sense to distinguish between the VE-day on May 8th, and the terrible, terrible consequences for half of Europe due to the Soviet version of the victory on May 9th (per the Moscow timezone). Lklundin (talk) 11:05, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
So if it makes perfect sense to distinguish between the two what is your rationale for proposing a merge? Do we really need to have that banner spoiling the look of the article just when lots of people will be finding it with a google search who know nothing about, and have little interest in, wikipedia's more arcane processes? Richerman (talk) 10:21, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Day of the Week[edit]

Which day of the week was 7 May 1945? -- (talk) 21:31, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

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