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This week in the War, 11–17 June 1945: Victory parade in Rangoon

By June 1945, the Japanese army had pulled out of Rangoon. This week in the war, on 15 June 1945, Lord Louis Mountbatten held a victory parade in the city. Rangoon—where Aung San Suu Kyi, the current head of state for … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 4–10 June 1945: Hirohito holds a meeting

This week in the war, on 8 June 1945, Emperor Hirohito presided over a meeting of the Japanese cabinet. They decided that Japan would continue fighting until the very end. Japanese kamikaze pilots were still effective and, in his book … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 28 May–3 June 1945: Shuri Castle

This week in the war, in early June 1945, after a three-day bombardment by the battleship USS Mississippi, American troops occupied the site of Shuri Castle, which had served as Japanese headquarters in Okinawa. In one form or another, the castle … Continue reading

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In the news: Memorial Day 2017

We honour our troops and veterans on Memorial Day, Monday 29 May 2017. The photograph on the left shows Specialist Pamela Gibson and her military working dog, Sergeant Astra. The US K-9 Corps was created on 13 March 1942 although … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 21–27 May 1945: British troops arrest Grand Admiral Doenitz

This week in the war, on 23 May 1945, British troops arrested Grand Admiral Doenitz, who had been leader of Germany since the death of Hitler on 30 April. Doenitz and cabinet members of his government—known as the Flensburg government—were … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 14–20 May 1945: Aung San helps the British

This week in the war, on 15 May 1945, Burmese revolutionary leader Aung San—who had previously sided with the Japanese—offered to help the British. The British welcomed him. Originally a communist, he changed to being a social democrat and later became Premier of the … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 7–13 May 1945: VE-Day!

This week in the war saw an end to the war in Europe with the first Victory in Europe Day: 8 May. VE-Day has been celebrated on every 8 May since then. On 8 May 1945, in a speech to … Continue reading

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