Thursday 30 April 2020

An Iconic Symbol

An Iconic Symbol

Winston's Churchill's V for Victory sign is perhaps one the most iconic of the Second World War. Though it started with a simple radio broadcast, the symbol took Europe by storm and became a rallying emblem for those under occupation. 75 years on from VE Day, V stands for far more than Victory, it stands for solidarity, resistance and never giving up. But where does it actually come from?

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) will commemorate 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. A focal point of our activity will be Voices of War, a four-minute soundscape featuring first-hand accounts of VE Day selected from IWM’s vast sound archive. Listen here on May 8.

More Victory 75

VE Day celebrations in London on 8 May 1945
© IWM (HU 41808)
Second World War
Commemorate 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe and remember the personal stories of people who stood together during a time of national crisis. 
Two British sailors and their girlfriends wading in the fountains in Trafalgar Square on VE Day.
VE Day
Who Were The Women In The Trafalgar Square Fountains On VE Day?
It's an iconic photograph - one that has been used across the world to highlight the celebrations on VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe. But there's always been one big question surrounding this particular image: what was the story behind those two women smiling for the camera in the Trafalgar Square fountains on 8 May 1945.
Graffiti left by Russian soldiers covers the pillars inside the ruins of the German Reichstag building in Berlin.
VE Day
What Happened After VE Day?
On 8 May 1945 millions of people across the world celebrated Allied victory in Europe. But VE Day did not signal an end to the Second World War. Allied servicemen who had fought their way through Europe prepared for their transfer to the Far East and the Pacific, where fighting would continue for three more months.