|The end of the Battle of the Bulge – from now the German Army was on the retreat into Germany itself.
|Start of the bombing raid on Dresden.
|Start of the Battle of Iwo Jima – the US Navy began a 3 day bombardment of Iwo Jima.
|US Marines landed on Iwo Jima.
|US Marines raise the US flag on the summit of Mount Suribachi.
|British and American troops crossed the Rhine.
|Iwo Jima was declared secure by US forces.
|US 3rd Army crossed the River Rhine.
|Last bomb (a V1) fell on Britain.
|America took Okinawa – the last island held by the Japanese.
The Ruhr was encircled by the Allies.
|Death of F D Roosevelt.
|The Russians captured Vienna. Belsen handed over to the British who entered the concentration camp on April 15th.
|All resistance in the Ruhr is ended and 370,000 German prisoners were taken.
|Hitler decided to stay in Berlin ‘until the end’.
|American and British troops met at Torgau, Germany.
|Hitler committed suicide.
|Berlin surrendered to the Russian Army.
|The German VII Army surrendered.
|Germany surrendered unconditionally.
|Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
|German forces in Czechoslovakia surrendered.
|Japanese resistance on Okinawa ended.
|General Election in Britain. Atlee replaced Churchill as Prime Minister.
|First atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the ‘Enola Gay’.
|Second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki by ‘Bockscar.
|Japan surrendered. Victory in Japan (VJ) Day celebrated.
|Start of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
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