Historydraft LogoHistorydraft Logo
Historydraft
beta
Historydraft Logo
Historydraft
beta

  • Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Adolf Hitler

    Berlin surrendered

    Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Berlin surrendered on 2 May.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Martin Bormann

    Death

    Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Bormann's group left the Führerbunker and travelled on foot via a U-Bahn tunnel to the Friedrichstraße station, where they surfaced. Several members of the party attempted to cross the Spree River at the Weidendammer Bridge while crouching behind a Tiger tank. The tank was hit by Soviet artillery and destroyed, and Bormann and Stumpfegger were knocked to the ground. Bormann, Stumpfegger, and several others eventually crossed the river on their third attempt. Bormann, Stumpfegger, and Axmann walked along the railway tracks to Lehrter station, where Axmann decided to leave the others and go in the opposite direction. When he encountered a Red Army patrol, Axmann doubled back. He saw two bodies, which he later identified as Bormann and Stumpfegger, on a bridge near the railway switching yard. He did not have time to check thoroughly, so he did not know how they died. Since the Soviets never admitted to finding Bormann's body, his fate remained in doubt for many years.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Martin Bormann

    The Battle In Berlin Ended

    Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    On 2 May, the Battle in Berlin ended when General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling, the commander of the Berlin Defense Area, unconditionally surrendered the city to General Vasily Chuikov, the commander of the Soviet 8th Guards Army.




  • Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and the Veneto regions, northern Italy
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    World War II

    Spring 1945 offensive in Italy

    Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and the Veneto regions, northern Italy
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Allies finally pushed forward in Italy and swept across western Germany. The offensive lasted from 6 April to 2 May 1945.




  • Okinawa, Japan
    Sunday May 6, 1945

    Desmond Doss: Hacksaw Ridge

    One more

    Okinawa, Japan
    Sunday May 6, 1945

    Doss said frequently after saving a wounded soldier: "help me get one more". This phrase motivated him to keep searching for soldiers




  • Algeria
    Tuesday May 8, 1945

    Algerian War

    The Sétif Massacre

    Algeria
    Tuesday May 8, 1945

    At first, and despite the Sétif massacre of May 8, 1945, and the pro-Independence struggle before World War II, most Algerians were in favor of a relative status-quo. While Messali Hadj had radicalized by forming the FLN, Ferhat Abbas maintained a more moderate, electoral strategy.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 8, 1945

    Buckingham Palace

    Victory in Europe Day

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 8, 1945

    On VE Day—8 May 1945—the palace was the centre of British celebrations. The King, the Queen, Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen), and Princess Margaret appeared on the balcony, with the palace's blacked-out windows behind them, to cheers from a vast crowd in The Mall. The damaged Palace was carefully restored after the war by John Mowlem & Co. It was designated a Grade I listed building in 1970.


  • Yugoslavia
    Monday May 14, 1945

    Josip Broz Tito

    Tito dispatched a telegram to the supreme headquarters Slovene Partisan Army prohibiting the execution of prisoners of war

    Yugoslavia
    Monday May 14, 1945

    On 14 May, he dispatched a telegram to the supreme headquarters Slovene Partisan Army prohibiting the execution of prisoners of war and commanding the transfer of the possible suspects to a military court.


  • Okinawa, Japan
    Monday May 21, 1945

    Desmond Doss: Hacksaw Ridge

    Being Wounded

    Okinawa, Japan
    Monday May 21, 1945

    Doss was wounded four times in Okinawa and was evacuated on May 21, 1945, aboard the USS Mercy. Doss suffered a left arm fracture from a sniper's bullet and at one point had seventeen pieces of shrapnel embedded in his body. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Okinawa.


  • Virginia, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1945

    Desmond Doss

    Doss was evacuated

    Virginia, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1945

    Doss was wounded four times in Okinawa, and was evacuated on May 21, 1945, aboard the USS Mercy.


<