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Task 3

VE Day - Facts

 

Today your challenge is to produce a fact file for VE Day.

 

I will give you some facts about VE Day (You could also find out more facts of your own to add to these ones)

 

Can you think about how you would like to present your facts?

 

Ideas for presentation could be;

 

Make a poster with facts and pictures

 

Create a VE Day booklet (like last weeks Rivers around the World learning)

 

Create a "did you know" list of facts

 

It is up to you how to present your learning

Click on the icon below to view some fact cards

If you are unable to view the facts in the link above, here are some facts which you could use and include in your learning.

 

VE Day Facts

 

Victory in Europe Day (also known as VE Day) was on 8th May 1945

 

In London, crowds of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the Prime Minister Winston Churchill appeared on the balcony of the palace.

 

The surrender was signed at Berlin in Germany and Riems in France. Germany admitted total defeat.

 

Small groups of Germans did try to carry on fighting even after surrender was declared.

 

The end of the war in Europe, which started on the 20th April 1945 and continued until 2nd May was the Battle for Berlin. Eventually the Allied Soviet Forces raised the flag over the German Reichstag building in Berlin and that’s when everyone knew it was over.

 

The German forces had more tanks available at the start of 1945 than they had in 1940, but they couldn’t all be used due to fuel shortages.

 

Russia celebrates VE day on 9th May

 

After the war had ended, food rationing went on in the UK until 1945 and clothes rationing until 1949

 

In 1945, the British Army was approximately 2,920,000 men which was nearly double the amount of 1,650,000 men which they had in 1940

 

The end of the war was remembered for all those who had been injured and killed. It was a war that changed the world.

 

Germany was split into 4 zones after the war: British, French, American and Russian. The Cold War meant that those zones became permanently separated as West Germany and East Germany until the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1990.

 

Even though the war had ended in Europe, for Allied troops fighting in Southeast Asia and around the Pacific, the War was not over. Japan did not surrender until August after the dropping of 2 atomic bombs on Japanese cities (Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

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