Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

When did WWII end exactly?

As I was researching, I found that there has been a lot of contradiction as to when WWII ended exactly. I know there was V-E Day and V-J Day, but when was the official end of WWII? Was it when the German's surrendered or when the Japanese surrendered or when an armistice was signed?

Thanks for all your help! :)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It's a tricky question. There are the dates of surrender. The final surrender of the Germans occurred on May 8, 1945. The Japanese annouced their surrender and a cease-fire on August 15, 1945 (their time, August 14, 1945 US Time). The formal paperwork was signed on September 2, 1945 (Japan time, Sept 1, 1945 US time).

    That's the surrender. However, by tradition, wars don't formally end until a treaty of some kind is signed.

    This was tough because the Soviets were very stubborn on the final peace treaty.

    So, from one point of view, the War in Europe didn't end until 5 May 1955. This is when the French, British, and US ended all formal occupation of their areas, and merged them into the Federal Republic of Germany or "West Germany". They had actually done so earlier 0n 23 May 1949, but it took a while to get all the final details settled.

    The peace treaty was signed with Japan on September 8, 1951. So, this ends the war in the Pacific. The US occupation of Japan ended completely April 28, 1952.

    Unlike the German situation, the Japanese peace treaty was signed by everyone officially at war with Japan except Burma, India and Yugoslavia. They just didn't want to attend the conference since it seemed like just a formality. Italy was technically at war with Japan since 1945, but this was done after they switched sides in the war. It seemed bad taste to invite them.

    Germany was more of a mess because the Soviet Union and the other Allies were fighting about the future of Germany. From the traditional point of view, the war never ended in Europe because no peace treaty was ever signed. They just stopped fighting.

  • 4 years ago


  • 5 years ago

    December 31, 1946 when President Truman declared "End of Hostilities"

  • To add to this, President Truman officially declare cessation of hostilities on 12/31/46.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    WW II has not ended yet. Although the Soviet Union and Japan have agreed to end hostilities, neither the Soviet Union or Russia have been able to get Japan to agree to signing a peace treaty to end WW II.

  • 1 decade ago

    Nope, there is no official end to world war II. Every nation has their own defined date as to when it concluded and started. For example,the global conflict began for the United States on December 11, 1944. But for Australia, the war started on September 3rd, 1939.

    An atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, after they refused to sign the Potsdam terms. Russian soldiers stormed Manchuria and as a result, on August 14, 1945, Japan agreed to a ceasefire and voluntarily removed arms. This is V-J day (Victory over Japan).

    For Nazi Germany, Soviet and British troops closed in on the German capital of Berlin, and Hitler committed suicide in his bunker on April 30, effectively the first instance of Axis collapse. However, May 8 is arguably when Allied forces were truly victorious and the actual peace began. Some areas continued to resist for days after. This is known as V-E day (Victory in Europe).

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    it didnt end in 1945, there were still way to many nazis that werent 9oin9 to 9ive up. if you look at it, the war wouldnt just stop in a snap, after hitlers death. im sure alot of the troops didnt come back till 2 or 3 years later after 1945. cause most of them werent 9oin9 to 9ive themselves up, so they can be executed or be put in prison for the rest of their lifes. no one really knows. i 9euss when the troops came home yeas later after 1945.

  • 7 years ago

    It ended on sept 2 1945 some people say that wasn't the "official" ending the reason why the other wars happened so close to that was called the Cold war.

  • 7 years ago

    the Treaty of Peace with Japan was not signed until 1951,[8] and that with Germany not until 1990

  • Tim D
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Japanese Emperor's announcement of surrender on Japanese radio

    – 15th August 1945 (recorded either 13th or 14th).

    Formal acceptance of surrender (Japanese Instrument of Surrender), establishing the armistice which, effectively, ended the war for all sides

    – signed 9:04 (Tokyo time) 2nd September 1945.

    Treaty of San Francisco (or Treaty of Peace with Japan) officially ending the Second World War (diplomacy between all the combatants involved took this long – even then not all involved agreed on the terms)

    – signed 8th September 1951, came into force 28th April 1952

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