Category Archives: 1945

Dec. 31, 1945 – Alterations are up to the new tenant

    This cartoon is the last  item to appear… … on the last page … of the last album …of Aunt Ethel’s war.

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Sept. 2, 1945 – Japan Surrenders

Japan formally surrendered to the Allied Forces aboard the USS Missouri on September 2nd, 1945.  Aunt Ethel clipped the newspaper headline and story and three cartoons appearing here.  Then she took a break.  Only one more cartoon was clipped and … Continue reading

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August, 1945 – Hiroshima

So much has been written about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that it seems pointless in recounting it here.  Instead, I’ll just present the three editorial cartoons in Aunt Ethel’s vast collection that addressed the topic and … Continue reading

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July, 1945 – Eisenhower returns to hero’s welcome

In late June, 1945, General Dwight David Eisenhower, supreme commander of the allied armies in Europe, returned to the U.S. for the first time after the victory in Europe. As the man who welded more than five million men and … Continue reading

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June, 1945 – Okinawa

  The Battle of Okinawa was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II.  The 82 day long battle lasted from early April until mid-June, 1945, culminating in an Allied victory and occupation of the island. … Continue reading

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June, 1945 – Germany in ruins


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May 8, 1945 – VE Day (Victory in Europe)

Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day) was on May  8, 1945, the date when the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of  Hitler’s Third Reich.   On April … Continue reading

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May, 1945 – The death of Adolph Hitler by suicide on April 30

The death of Adolf Hitler was reported to the American public on May 1, 1945. The Associated Press story, datelined London, began: “Adolf Hitler died this afternoon in Berlin and was succeeded by Admiral Karl Doenitz, his personal choice as … Continue reading

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April, 1945 – Benito Mussolini executed by machine gun

On  the afternoon of April 27, 1945, near the village of Dongo, Italy, just before the Allied armies reached Milan,  Benito Mussolini and his mistress were caught by Italian partisans while trying to escape to Switzerland. The day after they … Continue reading

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April, 1945 – Ernie Pyle killed in action

Ernie Pyle, considered the GI’s war correspondent, was killed by Japanese sniper fire on the tiny island of Ie Shima off the coast of  Okinawa on April 17, 1945.  His death was universally mourned by Americans on the homefront and … Continue reading

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