On 27 April 1945, Russian troops beat the Western Allied armed forces to Berlin and took the war-ravaged city under siege. Three days later, Adolph Hitler committed suicide on 30 April 1945 in his bunker. On 7 May 1945, Hitler's successor, Admiral Karl Dönitz, authorized the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany's armed forces.
Tuesday, 8 May 1945, was designated Victory in Europe (V-E) Day by the United States and Great Britain, and continues to be commemorated on 8 May every year by both countries.
The Navy's contributions in the Atlantic theater throughout WWII in the years that led to V-E Day, as well as Navy involvement in European demobilization and the ongoing conflict with Japan, can be explored through historical summaries, photos, and additional links, below.
Sterling silver medal from United Airlines commemorating Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945.