8 May 1945
  • Paul Giesler passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Britain marked VE (Victory in Europe) Day with scenes of great public celebration and services of thanksgiving. In France, the German garrisons in coastal strongholds finally surrendered. In Berlin, Germany, Marshal Zhukov accepted the German surrender, which was to take effect on 11 May. Also on this date, German troops in Czechoslovakia surrendered. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Every gun present at Okinawa, Japan, including naval guns, fired one round at noon at the Japanese in celebration of V-E Day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops liberated Theresienstadt Concentration Camp; about 30,000 prisoners were present at the camp at the time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Crown Prince Olav of Norway returned to Oslo aboard a British Royal Navy warship on the same day that the city was declared liberated. ww2dbase [AC]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the US XIII Corps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Bernhard Rust committed suicide. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was captured by Soviet troops, thus ending his role as the commanding officer of German XXXXIX. Gebirgskorps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Austria
  • Field Marshal Robert Ritter von Greim, Head of the Luftwaffe since Hitler's dismissal of Hermann Göring in the last days of the collapsing German Reich, was captured by the Americans in Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • Hubert Lanz surrendered to US Army troops in Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Canada
  • Canadian sailors looted shops in during VE-Day celebrations in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. ww2dbase [CPC]
China
  • Most aircraft of the Japanese 5th Kokugun in China began to withdraw to Korea. By the end of the month, over 10,000 personnel would successfully reach their new bases. ww2dbase [CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • German Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner escaped Prague, Czechoslovakia for Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • A special medical commission of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front headed by Lieutenant Colonel Faust Shkaravsky performed an autopsy on the two bodies retrieved near the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, one of which was suspected to be that of Adolf Hitler's. He noted that a part of the skull on one of the bodies was missing, but the cause of death of that person was more likely cyanide poisoning. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Lieutenant Robert C. Little of US 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron became the last pilot to shoot down a German Luftwaffe aircraft in combat over the Western Front when, shortly after 2000 hours, he destroyed an attacking Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft whilst on patrol over the Danube River. ww2dbase [AC]
  • A German pilot landed a Ju 290 aircraft at München-Riem airport in southern Germany and surrendered to US troops. The aircraft carried women auxiliary personnel of the German Luftwaffe. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Landing ship No. 124 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Latvia
  • 92 German ships of various sizes departed Libau, Latvia with 18,000 German refugees onboard, sailing for Denmark and Germany. It would be the final convoy out of Latvia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • The crew of USS Segundo held a celebratory dinner at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy RA-66 arrived at Clyde, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 May 1945
Marshall, Leahy, and King announcing victory over Europe, Washington DC, 8 May 1945Men of the US Army 77th Infantry Division at Okinawa, Japan listening to radio reports for the German surrender, 8 May 1945Churchill waving to crowds at Whitehall, London, England, United Kingdom on the day he announced the war with Germany had been won, 8 May 1945Female members of the German military in a prisoner of war camp for women at Regensburg, Germany, 8 May 1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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