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Intro to 1945
... and so the war drew to a close, but there were set backs.  There were limited German gains early in the year, there was one of the coldest winters, with Brandon reporting snow in May, and Winston Churchill the man who guided Britain through it's 'finest hour' was voted out of office as Labour swept the General Election.
Although the VE-Day celebrations in Britain were much publicised it was the VJ-Day announcement that Brandon people were avidly waiting for. This would bring home the men held captive by the Japanese in the terrible P.O.W. camps.  Men returned from their P.O.W. camps, firstly in Europe and then finally from the Far East, but then there were some families receiving confirmation that their loved one had been a casualty of the war.  Those reported as Missing In Action were confirmed as either held as prisoners and therefore on their way home, or more tragically as being killed some time previously.  
And as the men returned home some others were about to embark on their own future abroad, these were the so-called 'G.I. brides', local girls marrying American servicemen, and leaving for the 'States when the men returned home.
So it heralded the final year of this war, but the rebuilding of lives and nations, and the repercussions, would go on for much longer.

VE-Day celebrations
An open-air dance in the London Road during VE-Week raised £5 12s 1d for the British Red Cross Society.
A Victory tea was held for the children of Town Street, Manor Road and Mile End.  It was held in the Town Street Methodist Church and every child received 9d 1s and this sum was also sent to any children unable to attend.

VJ-Day celebrations
In August Prime Minister Atlee announced the surrender of the Japanese to the British public.

On the evening of Sunday 19th August a united Thanksgiving Service was held on the Market Hill and was attended by a large congregation.  The choir was conducted by Mr. A.E. Chapman and others taking part in the servioce were Rev. Thomas (Cambridge), Rev. Tyrell Green, Rev. D.H. Bareham, Mr. R. Owen and Chaplain Zeigler from the U.S.A.

Also in August the children living in Thetford Road, Bury Road and George Street were treated to a day at Hunstanton on the coast as a VJ treat.  64 Town Street children were given an outing to Hunstanton and given 4s to spend.  This treat was organised by Mr Dyer and the Home Guard and those who could not attend were given 4s 6d.  The children from the High Street and the Lode went to Yarmouth on Sunday 23rd August and were accompanied by their parents.

Children enjoy themselves
A Victory tea was held in the canteen (lent my Mr. Rought-Rought) for the children of Thetford Road, George Street and Bury Road.  It was provided by the parents and friends of the children and Mr P. Lingwood welcomed the children and said, "Some of you are so young that you are yet to live in a time of peace.  It is for this moment that we, your parents, have been waiting and praying for, when your fathers and brothers will be returned to your homes, and you will be able to enjoy the results of this wonderful victory they have fought so bravely to achieve.  We trust that, with God's help, the rest of your lives will be free from any more wars."
After tea there were games and race on the lawn of Mr. Rought-
Rought and each child was given 2s 6d by him and then given an additional 6d from the spare money left over.
An auction raised £14 which was used to take the children to the seaside.

About 70 children from Brandon's High Street and Lode Street, Brandon, and also from the Dr Barnardos Home at Wangford were entertained to tea on Mr F. Froud's meadow to celebrate victory.  After tea there were games and races and in the evening there was a display of fireworks.  Each child received a gift of one shilling.

About 150 children from London Road enjoyed a victory tea party held on Mr T. Green's lawn.  The children apparently sat down to a "delightful spread" provided by the parents and afterwards there were games and dancing.  Each child received a gift of 1s 3d.


Mildenhall Rural District Council
The Council agreed to 30 temporary dwellings in the district, Brandon would get 9 of these.
On Thursday 10th May, after VE-Day was declared the Council stood for a minute’s silence as a tribute to those who had lost their lives in the war.

Myrtle Mathews passed 1st Class in the Intermediate Grade for Pianoforte at the London College Of Music December examinations.  These were held at Cambridge.
At Weeting, in January, a display of dancing by the children of the Brandon Infants School was given by 20 children for the benefit of the troops stationed in the village.  The children, under the guidance of Head Teacher Mrs. Barnes, also sang and tea was provided afterwards.

The 1st Brandon Boy Scouts held an exhibition of the Scouts work in the Norfolk Hut.  Included in the exhibits was a miniature model camp.
On VE-Day a great celebration was held around the camp fire and donations were received, totalling £7 10s, were received for the Scouts’ Camping Fund.

Golden Wedding Celebration
Another celebration of sorts took place in May when Mr & Mrs Catchpole celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at their London Road home.  Unfortunately Mr Catchpole was in ill health and was unable to come downstairs to join the celebrations and sadly Mr. Catchpole died just a month later.

Flintknapper dies
The death of well-known flintknapper, Charlie Edwards, Thetford Road was announced in May.  He was 75 years old.

Coincidentally the death of Mr. Frank Edwards, 99 Thetford Road, another famous flintknapper, was announced in June.  He was 58 years old.

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 ...but the Tories hold Bury St. Edmunds.

Results of the General Election on Thursday 5th July.

Lieutenant-Colonel G.B. Clifton-Brown (Con) 15,013
Miss Cicely McCall (Lab)  9,195
Mr. H.C. Drayton (Lib)  5,863
Mr. Gordon England  (C.W.)     750

Mr. England forfeits his deposit.  There were 45,482 constituents able to vote and 30,887 voted, with 66 spoilt papers.

Prospective Liberal candidate Mr H.C. Drayton visited Brandon at the School Hall at 7.30pm on Monday 18th June.

Motor Tragedy Near Brandon

Soldier and Land Girl Killed

Misadventure Verdict

    A soldier motor-cyclist and his Land Army girl passenger were killed when their machine came into collision with an Army lorry near Brandon.  They both had extensive injuries and the machine was a total wreck.
    An inquest was held at White Lodge Hospital a few days later and a speedometer, with the needle stuck pointing at 60, was produced.  The Coroner for the Liberty of Bury St. Edmunds (Mr T Wilson) conducted the inquiry and Mr C Morgan represented the Treasury Solicitor and the driver of the lorry.
    Deceased were Miss Joan Hart (21) Women's Land Army, whose home was at East Dulwich, London, and B.Q.M.S. John Whitlock Woodcock (31).
    Evidence of identification of the girl was given by Mrs Ethel Morrison warden of the Y.W.C.A. hostel for the Women's Land Army at Lakenheath.
   Ellen Ann Naifsey, also of the W.L.A., said that on Saturdayafternoon she cycled to 

   Brandon with Miss Hart.  After shopping, they went to a public bar and a lady bought them a drink and they played darts.  They talked to two  soldiers and had another drink.  After closing time they walked with the civilians and soldiers towards home.  There were several suggestions on how they should return to the hostel, owing to having only one cycle lamp.  A soldier obtained a motor-cycle and, after some argument, it was decided that the deceased should be taken home first.
    John William Huns, lorry driver's mate, Coronation Place, Brandon, said he went to the Railway Hotel, Brandon, about 8.15pm, and had a shandy.  He and a friend played darts with the girls and stayed with them until closing time.  The girls and the soldiers were perfectly sober.
    Q.M.S. Thomas William Billsborough stated that with another soldier, he called at the Railway Hotel and while there he bought the girls half a pint of beer each.  Sgt-Major Woodcock suggested that he would get a truck to take them home.  He could not obtain a truck, but the

girls agreed to go home singly on a motor-cycle.  Sgt-Major Woodcock left between 11.15 and 11.30 and expected  to make two journeys to Lakenheath (4 miles away) by midnight.
     Q.M.S. John Hinton gave evidence that he was sitting beside the driver of a truck leaving Newmarket and the headlights were masked.  Nearing Brandon, he saw a light approaching.  They were on the crown of the road.  Next, he saw the motor-cyclist 4 yards away and there was a crash.  The motor-cyclist had come out of a dip.
    Lt. Harold Vernon Wilkes identified the body of Woodcock.  He visited the scene of the accident and saw marks made by the motor-cycle.
  The Coroner said there was no evidence of gross negligence.  The motor-cycle had plenty of room to pass and he returned a verdict of "Misadventure" and expressed his sympathy with the relatives of the two deceased.

Brandon men decorated

An M.B.E. has been awarded to Captain Walter G. Gentle.  It was reported in the Bury Free Press of 12th January 1945 that, “The M.B.E. has been awarded to Capt. W.G. Gentle, M.C., of the 202 Battalion Home Guard for services during the last four years”.  Captain Gentle was also awarded the Military Cross in the First World War.

Corporal Alan Butcher was reported home with his parents, Mr & Mrs J. Butcher, at ‘Rosthem’, London Road, in August.  He had just returned home after 3 years service abroad and during that time he was awarded the Greek Order of St. Marks.

Prisoners Of War

In March Mr & Mrs A. Glaister, 8 White Horse Street, received a post card dated 2nd November 1944 from their son Private S. Glaister saying that he had been moved to Fukuoka POW Camp in Japan.  He had been working in Singapore and Thailand and had received 32 letter dated to 10-01-44.  He also stated that he was in good health.
Mr W. Kent, 135 Thetford Road, received news that his son, Lance Corporal Charles Graham Kent of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment was in Allied hands and will return to the UK as soon as possible.  This report was received from the Record Office in Moscow, Russia.  He had been a P.O.W. since 1940 and was at Stalag A.B. P.O.W. Camp.
In April, Lt. Basil Rought-Rought was reported to be back in Brandon with his parents and two brothers after spending 5 years as a P.O.W.  In peacetime he was a well-known local cricketer, playing for Norfolk and West Suffolk teams.  He and others from the 7th Royal Norfolk Regiment were taken prisoner in France in June 1940.  He successfully escaped on his 2nd attempt and reached France before making his way to England.  He is now over a stone lighter than before being captured.
In June Sgt. C. Towler of the Canadian Army was reported to be spending a short time with his parents, Mr & Mrs A. Towler of 65 London Road, Brandon, before returning to his wife in Ontario, Canada.  He was with the Canadian Forces participating in the Dieppe Raid and was wounded in the forearm and shoulder before being taken as prisoner.  He then spent 5 months in hospital and kept captive in chains for 8 months.

Also in June, Private J. Brown returned home to his wife at 5 London Road.  He was taken prisoner at Dunkirk while serving with the 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment.
In August Mrs C.H. Croxall, 12 Crown Street, received a card from her husband, Private C.H. Croxall, a Japanese prisoner of war.  The card is dated 21-08-45 and reads, “Have received mail … don’t worry over me.  I’m in perfect health”.  This was her first news for 16 months and took only 12 days to get to her

On September 25th the Bury Free Press listed the following men, formerly prisoners of war of the Japanese, as being safe, with some in India and others in Australia:

  • William Kent, 2nd son of Mr & Mrs Kent, Fishponds, Brandon; His elder brother Henry Kent was listed as dying in a Japanese P.O.W. camp;

  • Gunner E. Stebbing, husband of Mrs E. Stebbing, The Ram Hotel;

  • Sgt R. Caward, husband of Mrs R. Caward, High Lodge, Brandon;

  • Pte F. Royal, Cambridgeshire Regiment, son of Mr & Mrs R. Royal, 155 Thetford Road, Brandon;

  • Cpl H. Lockwood, husband of Mrs H. Lockwood, 100 Thetford Road, Brandon;

On October 5th the Bury Free Press printed that the following men had been rescued from their captures and were waiting to come home:

  • Sapper Mouncer, Royal Engineers, husband of Mrs. Mouncer, Santon Downham;

  • Private V.S. Jones, Cambridgeshire Regiment, husband of Mrs. V. Jones, 1 Manor Road, Brandon.

  • Sapper D. Ashley, F.E., husband of Mrs.. L. Ashley, Town Street, Brandon.

  • Private A. Carter, R.A.M.C., son of Mr. and Mrs. Carter, 'The Albion', London Road, Brandon.

  • Sapper G. Keys, husband of the late Mrs. G. Keys, 141 Thetford Road, Brandon.

  • Private T. Dyer, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, son Mrs. and the late Mr. Dyer, 12 Manor Road, Brandon.

  • 'Jim' Malt, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Malt, Bury Road, Brandon.

  • Sapper Albert Palmer, R.E., of 115 Thetford Road, Brandon.

In August it was reported that Mr. and Mrs. H. Dorling had been officially notified that their eldest son, Cecil Dorling, had died of beri beri on September 30th 1943.  He had been a Prisoner Of War at the hands of the Japanese after he was captured in Singapore.  In his private life before the war he took great interest in the work of the Methodist Chapel and was employed by Messrs. S. and P. Lingwood.

In November the Bury Free Press announced that the following men had returned home to the Brandon area from their Japanese P.O.W. camps:

  • Private A. Carter, London road;

  • Gunner E. Stebbings, Ram Hotel;

  • Private K. Adams, Thetford Road;

  • Sapper L.J. Royal;

  • Private W.A. Copping, Park View;

  • Sapper Mouncer, Santon Downham;

Brandon Parish Council
During a meeting in April and with Mr. H. Lingwood as Chairman, the following points were brought up:

  • Nothing had been done about de-requisitioning the Church Institute;

  • The Council decided not to go ahead with plans for a dimmed light on the Market Hill.

  • The Clerk reported that the Market Hill clock could not be lit, or strike, owing to the severe frosts and it was impossible to replace damaged parts;

  • Temporary repairs were agreed to the Avenue fence and to ask for quotes for concrete posts;

  • The case for a new Brandon to Lakenheath road was put forward by the Surveyor to the Ministry of War transport;

In May, Mr H. Lingwood was re-elected to the post of Chairman and Mr B. Lingwood as Vice-Chairman.  The following points were again brought up at the meeting:

  • The de-requisitioning of the Church Institute from the Forces use for public use;

  • Discussions took place about VE-Day celebrations.  The Chairman reported that he had asked the local clergy to arrange for a Thanksgiving Service.

In July the Gas Company promised to have the street lighting restored by September 18th and the East Anglian Electric Company stated they would light the lamps on the Market Hill and crossroads by August 18th.  The cost of this would be £17 15s 4d per year.
The Brandon Parish Council supported the Lakenheath Parish Council’s request to the Ministry of War Transport that a new road should be built between the two towns.  In November the newly elected M.P. Lt-Col Clifton-Brown promised his support for the road.

In August the Council came in for criticism when it was claimed that there was urgent need for Council Housing.  There was also a sewerage problem and the odour of the 'night' cart was having an effect on women out shopping in the town and driving them off the streets, claimed one local businessman.

In November further requests were made to get the pillboxes and roadblocks in Brandon removed.

Council Houses

The following people had applied for Council Housing in 1945.

DREWERY, Albert A.
EDWARDS, Augustus
ELMER, Edgar W.
EVERETT, Harold E.
FIELD, Edward
FIELD, Walter
FORD, Walter S.
FROST, Albert E.
HUNT, Mrs. J.E.
HUNTER, Mrs. Lily
LLOYD, John E.
MALT, Arthur
NEWELL, Walter
NORTON, Walter C.
REAY, Stanley
ROLPH, Eric D.
ROYAL, Rupert E.
STROUD, Percy R.
THOMPSON, William G.
TUCK, Wilfred John
WARD, Thomas E.
WHISTLER, Kenneth W.
WHITTA, Sewell J.
1 The Avenue
22 Bury Road
12 London Road
38 Bury Road
20 Thetford Road
52 Bury Road
87 Gas House Lane
28 London Road
Five Bells Inn
Kenilworth Cottage
Burnham Market
38 High Street
The Lodge, Brandon Park
Crowfield, Ipswich
High Lodge, Santon Downham
21 George street
2 Town Street, Road
50 Thetford Road
14 Manor Road
4 Crown Street
96 Thetford Road
C/o. 200 London Road
C/o. Ouse Hotel
2 The Rookery
29 George Street
Bungalows, Thetford Road
155 Thetford Road
72 London Road
Foord House
3 Pond Lane
1 Town Street Road
24 George Street
40 Thetford Road
1 Manor Road
17 George Street
8 Coronation Place


In January before a Juvenile Court in Brandon, an 8-year-old boy was discharged with a caution after being found guilty of stealing a rabbit.  The tame rabbit belonged to Mr Derek Strutt, of 10 London Road, and was reported stolen from his allotment shed in Rattlers Road between December 22nd-23rd.  Mr. Strutt recovered the rabbit’s skin and carcass from the boy’s home.  The Court Chairman, Mr. J.H. Crumpton, dismissed it as a “boy’s prank” after the accused admitted to stealing the rabbit and skinning it.  He told the boy’s father that he should not have killed the rabbit and skinned it until he was absolutely sure of how his son had obtained it.
At the Brandon Police Court in May Private Levi Callear, Pioneer Corps, was sentenced to 3 months hard labour for stealing approximately £50 from the wallet of Private Johnson while at Brandon.  He was also sentenced for another 3 months hard labour for the stealing of a bicycle at Thetford.

In January a darts tournament held at The Flowerpot raised £6 6s 3d for the Red Cross Fund.
In November The Flowerpot beat the Brandon British Legion, 8–4.
In December The Flowerpot beat Timber Control 8–4, the Five Bells beat Brandon British Legion, 8–7 and the Brandon British legion beat the Pioneer Corps Sergeants’ Mess 6–2.

Brandon entertained an R.A. XI on Saturday 7th July and won by 63 runs to 54.

The Railway Hotel team beat Methwold Cock Public House twice, 69–44 and 74–55.

Brandon servicemen
Mr & Mrs Field, of Manor Road, received official notice that their son, Sapper Stanley Field, Royal Engineers, was wounded in Italy on April 21st and was in a hospital.  He was also evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940.

It was reported in October that Driver Sydney L. Churchyard had died at Arnhem.  He had been reported as Missing-In-Action until this point. His parents lived at 193 London Road.

Killed In Action
In March Mrs. C. Scurrell of Brandon High Street was notified that her husband, Lance Corporal C. Scurrell, formerly manager for Moss & Potter wine and spirit merchant, was killed in action on the Western Front.

Thanksgiving Week
A ‘Thanksgiving Week’ was held, starting 13th October, and it kicked off with a torchlight procession accompanied by the Cambridge Silver Prize Band.  The Rev. Tyrell Green who was assisted by the Rev. D.H. Bareham and Chaplain E.E. Ramsay held a Thanksgiving Service.  The Cambridge Silver Prize Band and united choirs, conducted by Mr A.E. Chapman, were also present.  There was also Grand Victory Ball held at the Church Institute with dance music played by the B.B.C. artists, which featured 7-year-old Pamela Beales, of the Norwich Juvenile Theatre, who was shortly to leave for film work at Hollywood.  The Master of Ceremonies for the Ball was Mr. D.P. Lingwood.  Other events included a “monster whist drive” and a visit from Madame Osina’s Concert Party. 

A.R.P stand down
On Tuesday 12th June Brandon's ARP carried out their stand down parade.

In June Mr R J Woodrow claimed that hundreds of bombs had fallen in and around Brandon but the town had been very fortunate with only two minor casualties and some property damage.  

Home Guard
A rifle club was created by the Home Guard in Brandon and Lt. Smith was selected as Chairman and Lt. Cameron as Honorary Secretary.  Major F. Holmes donated a cup to the club for competition shooting.
The Home Guard Social Committee held the first of their fortnightly whist drives in the Drill Hall in January.  Lt. Renault was the Master of Ceremonies.
In August the following appeal was printed in the Bury Free Press from Colonel Garrett, Chairman of the Suffolk Territorial Army Association, to members of the Home guard.

   The final disbandment of the Home Guard in the county has not yet taken place.  Members are required to keep their articles of uniform they were allowed to retain on their ‘Stand Down’ until such final disbandment is effected.

   I feel sure that a fair percentage of members will not desire to retain their uniforms as they will have no use for them and it is to these members that I appeal for such articles of uniform, especially battle dress, great coats, boots and anklets to be handed over to the Army Cadet Force units in the County.

   Any members who wish to surrender items of uniform when the final disbandment is effected and have any difficulty in contacting a local Army Cadet unit are requested to notify the Secretary, Suffolk Army Cadet Committee, 14 Burlington Road, Ipswich.

A collection was held in February in the Avenue Cinema and raised £56 2s 6d for the Red Cross P.O.W. Fund.
In March a darts match was held at the Duke Of Wellington against the N.F.S. which raised £3 2s for the Red Cross POW War Fund.
Mr H. Lingwood held a garden party at ‘Northumberland House’, which was attended by 700 guests.  Mrs D.P. Lingwood opened it and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Miss Dawn Rae.  There were many stalls, competitions, sideshows and a dancing display by some children who were directed by Head teacher, Mrs Barnes.  There were also vocal and instrumental renderings from the U.S.A.A.F. and as a finale there were dancing on the lawn to Mr Tom Green’s radio.  The garden party raised about £95 for the Baptist Church Renovations and Repair Fund.

G.I. Brides
In March the wedding took place at St. Peter’s Church of Daphne Clemates, daughter of Mr and the late Mrs R. Raven and Fred Aubrey (U.S. Army), son of Mr & Mrs F. Stemple, Colora, Maryland, U.S.A.  The bride, attired in white and gold satin dress, veil and orange blossom headdress with a bouquet of arum lilies, was given away by her uncle, Mr. R. Raven of Norwich.  She was attended by Miss Pauline Bilverstone wearing a mauve taffeta dress.   The best man was Private Albert Pakin (U.S Army) with the Rev. G.M. Napier of Elveden officiating.  The reception was held at The Five Bells.
In June the marriage between Miss Dorothy Mail, daughter of Mrs Mail, 11 Mile End, and Sgt. Ralph, U.S.A.A.F. was announced.  The bride wore grey.
A June wedding took place at St. Peter’s Church, Brandon, of Miss Joyce Wright, daughter of Mrs & the late Mr Wright, Drove Cottage, and Private James Emot Patishall, of the U.S.A.A.F., son of Mr & Mrs Patishall, Georgia, U.S.A.
At St. Mary’s Church, Thetford, the wedding took place between Miss Eileen Naylor, daughter of Mr & Mrs Will Naylor, ‘The Vines’, Brandon, and Staff Sgt. Joseph C. Cross, of the U.S.A.A.F.  The bride was employed at Barclays Bank in Brandon High Street.

To 1946!

Now that the long struggle has ended,
And the well deserved victory has taken place,
We all hope that we shall be able to join in the battle of winning the peace,
And offer our cooperation in the many ways which Gas will serve in the future.


Saturday 27th October, Brandon Recreation beat Town Street on Crown Meadow 5–3 and R. Knights (3) and J. Armold (2) scored their goals.
Saturday 3rd November, Town Street beat Bury St. Edmunds Air Training Cadets and Brandon
Recreation were at home to Mundford who they beat 4–3.  Brandon’s scorers were R. Knights (2), Whitta and Kent.
Saturday 17th November, Brandon Recreation lost to Lakenheath 0 – 2.
Saturday 15th December, Town Street visited Thetford Town in the 1st Round of the Norfolk Junior Cup and narrowly lost.  Thetford were 3 – 0 ahead at half time but then they allowed Brandon into the game and after Brandon scored three quick goals to equalise it became a tense affair.  Thetford were awarded a penalty in the last minutes, which they scored to win the match.


1st-17th - German withdrawal from the Ardennes.
2nd - German Army counter-attacks at Budapest.
17th - Russians take Warsaw.
25th - Americans capture air field on Luzon.
26th - Russians liberate Aushwitz.  Japanese troops withdraw to Chinese coast.
29th - Germans evacuate 2 million troops and civilians from East Prussia.

1st - US Army advance at Manila, Philipines.
4th-11th - Yalta Conference.
9th - Allies break through the Siegfried Line.
11th - Russians advance toward Dresden.
13th-14th - Dresden destroyed in firestorm caused by Allied bombing, 100,000 civilians killed.
16-17th - First Carrier-borne bombing raids on Japan.
17th - Americans occupy Bataan.
19th-26th - US Marines land on Iwo Jima.
23rd - US Marines take Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.

4th - Americans take Manila.
5th - Allies take Cologne.  Americans reach the Rhine.
7th - Americans cross the Rhine at Remagen.
8th - Indians enter Mandalay.
17th - Allies take Coblenz.
19th - Japanese leave Mandalay.
27th - V2 rocket attacks on London cease.
30th - Russians take Danzig.

1st - Americans invade Okinawa.
3rd - General MacArthur becomes Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces in the Pacific.
5th - Russia nullifies neutrality pact with Japan.
6th - Yugoslavian Partisans take Sarajevo.
7th-13th - Russians occupy Vienna.
10th - US Army takes Hanover.
12th - Allies liberate Belsen and Buchenwald concentration camps.  President Roosevelt dies.  Truman
          become US President.
15th - Arnhem finally taken by Allies.
23rd - Russians attack Berlin.
26th - Russian and American forces meet up at Torgau.
28th - Mussolini captured by partisans and hanged.
29th - Allies liberate Dachau.
30th - Hitler commits suicide.

1st - British airborne troops land near Rangoon.
2nd - Russians take Berlin capturing 300,000 Germans and killing 150,000 in the fighting.  German Forces
        in Italy surrender.
3rd - Indian Forces take Rangoon.
4th - German forces in Holland, Denmark and North West Germany surrender.  Dönitz orders U-Boats to
5th - Ceasefire in the west.
7th - German General Jodl signs unconditional surrender.
8th - VE-Day.
9th-12th - The Channel Islands are liberated.  Russians occupy Prague.
23rd - Himmler commits suicide.

5th - Berlin and Germany are partitioned by the Allies.
10th - Australians invade Borneo.
22nd - Americans take Okinawa.

1st - American, British and French Forces occupy sectors of Berlin.
10th - 1,000 USAAF bombers attack Japan.
16th - First test of atomic bomb in the Mexican Desert.
17th - Potsdam conference to decide war reparations.  1,500 USAAF bombers attack Tokyo.
26th - Labour Party wins British General election, Atlee becomes British Prime Minister.

3rd - Japan is blockaded.
6th - First atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
8th - Russia declares war on Japan.  Russia invade Manchuria.
9th - Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. 
14th - Japanese unconditional surrender agreed.
15th - VJ-Day.
21st - Japanese surrender in Manchuria.
27th - American and Allied warships enter Japanese naval ports.
28th - Japanese Forces sign surrender in Rangoon.

2nd - Japanese sign surrender terms aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
5th - British troops land at Singapore.
7th - Japanese surrender at Shanghai.
9th - Japanese surrender in China.
13th - Japanese surrender in Burma.
16th - Japanese surrender in Hong Kong.


20th - Nuremberg trials begin.
27th - United Nations charter signed by 29 nations.

27th - America, Britain and Russia hold a meeting in Moscow to discuss the worsening situation in Korea.

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