Featured Document Display: Victory in Japan: 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - Wednesday, November 11, 2020
World War II, the bloodiest conflict in history, came to an end in a 27-minute ceremony on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, six years and one day after the war erupted in Europe. On that September morning in 1945, Japanese officials signed a formal instrument of surrender that ended hostilities in the Pacific theater and proclaimed “the unconditional surrender to the Allied Powers of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters and of all Japanese armed forces and all armed forces under Japanese control wherever situated."
Japan’s surrender brought an end to World War II, but not an end to global conflict. In the decades that followed, many world events were influenced, at least in part, by the political, social and economic repercussions of the war.
The Featured Document display is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund.