World War II Ends



Y/M/D Description Place
1945/00/00 From 1940 to 1945, the US increases its defense budget from $1.9 billion to $59.8 billion.
1945/01/26 Serving as the camp's midwife until it was liberated, Stanislawa Leszczynska delivers over 3,000 babies. A few hundred with blue eyes were sent away to be Germanized, about 2,500 died and about 30 survived at the camp in the care of their mothers. Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Oswiecim, PL
1945/05/00 During World War II, over 650,000 jeeps are built for service. In the US, about 300,000 military planes, 89,000 tanks, 3 million machine guns and 7 million rifles are produced.
1945/05/00 Soviet Union suffers over 21 million war casualties, the largest number of any country. Out of all the Soviet males born in 1923, an estimated 80 percent didn't survive World War II.
1945/05/08 World War II ends with the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers. Of the 50-70 million people killed, about 80 percent came from Soviet Union, China, Germany or Poland. More than half of the casualties were civilians, mostly women and children.
1945/05/08 Winston Churchill announces the end of the war in Europe in the House of Commons. House of Commons, Palace of Westminster
1945/05/08 Erich Hartmann scores his 352nd aerial victory at midday, only hours before the end of World War II. Hartmann, one of the most successful fighter aces in history, flew more than 1,400 combat missions and destroyed an estimated 352 Allied aircraft.
1945/07/16 In Berlin, Churchill inspects the ruins of Hitler's Chancellery and bunker. Berlin, Germany
1945/07/17 July 17-25. At the Potsdam Conference, Winston Churchill, US President Harry Truman and Soviet Communist leader Joseph Stalin meet at Cecilienhof Palace to discuss Japan's surrender terms and Europe's post-war boundaries. Schloss Cecilienhof, Potsdam

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