Crowds on the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace when the King and Queen took to the balcony to acknowledge the crowds on VJ Day 1945 15081945 CREDIT EMICS/PA
VJ Day

VJ Day: UK Remembers Sacrifices 76 Years Since Japan's WWII Surrender

The conflict against Japan endured three months beyond Victory in Europe Day.

Crowds on the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace when the King and Queen took to the balcony to acknowledge the crowds on VJ Day 1945 15081945 CREDIT EMICS/PA

The UK is marking the 76th anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day (VJ Day), which effectively brought the Second World War to a close.

On 15 August 1945, three months after Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), Japan surrendered to the Allies.

Britain, the Soviet Union, the US and other allied nations had been fighting the Axis powers – Germany, Italy and Japan – since 1939.

War continued to rage in the Pacific following VE Day on 8 May 1945, with Japan showing no signs of surrender.

On 9 August, the Soviet Union invaded the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, at the same time as the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

This was the second nuclear attack on the country, taking place three days after the first, on Hiroshima.

Japan had little choice but to surrender, prompting two days of national holiday in the UK.

Now, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has joined charities such as the Royal British Legion in marking VJ Day 76, by sharing personal veteran experiences online.

Cover image: Crowds on the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace when the King and Queen took to the balcony to acknowledge the crowds on VJ Day in 1945 (Picture: PA).