Victory in Europe Day

Today, Friday 8 May marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of VE Day – Victory in Europe Day – the end of the Second World War in Europe after Germany signed an unconditional surrender.

Australian soldiers fought in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific between 1939 and 1945.

Sydney Harbour was bombed by the Japanese in June 1942, killing 19 Australians and two people from Britain.

There were 64 air raids on Darwin between February 1942 to November 1943. The first attack killed 252 Allied service personnel and civilians.

During this truly global conflict fought across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans 40,000 Australians lost their lives, including two from this district.

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