The war in Europe concluded with an invasion of Germany by the Western Allies and the Soviet Union, culminating in the capture of Berlin and the subsequent German unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945 (VE Day).

Fighting in the Pacific theater of war continued through August 1945: it carried on beyond the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki ( August 9). The surrender of the Empire of Japan was announced on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to an official close.

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