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Victory in Europe Day - 75th Anniversary

Eaton's department store on Portage Avenue adorned with Allied flags to celebrate Victory in Europe

On 8 May 1945 at 8:00 am CDT, it was announced that Nazi Germany had surrendered to the Allies, ending the Second World War in Europe. Although the war with Japan had not yet concluded, celebrations took place across Canada and the rest of the world.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, the City of Winnipeg Archives is showcasing photographs of the celebrations in Winnipeg, as well as photographs and other records of Winnipeg throughout the war. These include celebrations at Eaton's on Portage Avenue, men and women at the Dominion Bridge Company producing munitions for the war effort, an Honour Roll of City of Winnipeg staff who served during the war, and a scrapbook of Winnipeg in 1940 created by Corporal John Wallace. The City of Winnipeg Archives holds thousands more records in its collections related to civic government during the Second World War.

Contact the archives for more information about our holdings and how to access our records.

Photos of Victory in Europe Day | City Staff Honour Roll | All Records of Wartime Winnipeg