What is VE-Day?

May 8th 2020 is a very special day. Exactly 75 years ago, peace came to a troubled Europe and was celebrated. It is known as VE-Day or Victory in Europe Day.

Children waving flags VE Day
Children waving flags VE-Day

Description

After 6 years of a war, where there was fighting and bombing in many countries, where fathers, brothers and sons were sent overseas , women worked on the land and in factories and children were evacuated and separated from their parents, PEACE finally came to Europe.

May 8th 1945 was announced as  Victory in Europe day or VE-Day where communities could finally celebrate the end of a very difficult time. It was a day of parties, flag waving and celebration in towns and villages throughout Britain. A day of relief and joy that the Second World War was finally over in Europe.

VE-Day Celebrations 1945
VE-Day Celebrations 1945

How much do you and your children know about the Second World War?

Did you know that 12 village men and 1 woman are remembered on our War Memorial who lost their lives during this conflict. Their stories can be found here….

https://www.bishopsteigntonheritage.co.uk/category/events/world-war-two/

There are also many online resources for children to help them know more about what really happened.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i234eVT_P8Q&feature=youtu.be

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr

 

map of the Western Front Oct 9th 1939
Map of the Western Front Oct 9th 1939

 

Why not take a look and then see if you can find the answers to our quick quiz below.

Quick Quiz

1.     What year did the Second World War start?

2.     Who was Britain’s longest serving Prime Minister during the War Years?

3.     Who were the Axis Countries and who were the Allied Countries?

4.     What was the name of the man that led the German Military?

5.     Where did the Blitz take place and what happened?

6.     What was the Battle of Britain?

7.     What two British fighter planes were involved in the Battle of Britain?

8.     What was D- Day and where did it take place?

9.     When was D Day?

10. Did children have sweets during the war?

A Timeline of WWII

1 September 1939
Germany invaded Poland

3 September 1939
The UK and France declared War on Germany

10 May 1940
Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain, taking over from Neville Chamberlain

14 May 1940
The Home Guard was created (The Local Defence Volunteers)

26 May-4 June 1940
The evacuation of British and French troops from Dunkirk, France

June 1940
German troops occupied the Channel Islands

10 June 1940
Italy declared war on Britain and France, and allies with Germany

10 July-31 October 1940
The Battle of Britain

7 September 1940
The Blitz begins in London

8 September 1941-27 January 1944
The Siege of Leningrad

7 December 1941
The Japanese attacked an American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

8 December 1941
The United States declared war on Japan, and joined with the Allies

6 June 1944
D-Day, when troops from Britain and the US landed in France to fight against the Germans

16 December 1944-25 January 1945
The Battle of the Bulge

8 May 1945
VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), when Germany surrendered

15 August 1945
VJ Day (Victory in Japan Day), when Japan surrendered

2 September 1945
Japan formally surrendered, and officially ended World War II