dodint wrote:Yeah, I get that. But I doubt they were standing in the street throwing their hats in the air and making out with nurses. Folks in London, Nagasaki, and Berlin standing among their ruins would probably be feeling a quiet relief that borders closer to grieving than euphoria. The US was perhaps the only country in the world to come out of WWII better than it went in.
Certainly Nagasaki and Berlin were probably not super cheerful places to be when the surrender was announced. But in, London VE Day was declared a national holiday, and the streets were completely full with people celebrating the end of a near decade-long entanglement. I've even read some stories that the Princess Elizabeth (the current Queen) and her sister, Princess Margaret, mingled in amongst the crowd anonymously up and down the Mall and going as far as Trafalgar Square. The celebrations only came to a close because a thunderstorm rolled in around midnight.
Two views of Picadilly Circus on May 8, 1945
No doubt the U.S. emerged better off then when it entered the conflict. But by all accounts, London was a pretty bonkers place to be when the surrender announcement was made.