Old Photos: Victory Day

Wilhelm Keitel signs the final German Act of Unconditional Surrender

Wilhelm Keitel signs the final German Act of Unconditional Surrender © Time Inc.

People eagerly reading New York World-Telegram newpapers w. the headline NAZIS GIVE UP/SURRENDER TO ALLIES AND RUSSIA ANNOUNCED, at newsstand in Times Square as people gather for massive end to war in Europe celebration.

People eagerly reading New York World-Telegram newspapers w. the headline NAZIS GIVE UP/SURRENDER TO ALLIES AND RUSSIA ANNOUNCED, at newsstand in Times Square as people gather for massive end to war in Europe celebration.© Time Inc. Andreas Feininger

Two million people gathered in Times Square to celebrate the end of the war in Europe.© Time Inc. Herbert Gehr

Female Russian soldier grinning broadly while showing off her medals and a US Army Officers insignia pinned to her shirt after the Allied troops met following the fall of Berlin.

Female Russian soldier grinning broadly while showing off her medals and a US Army Officer's insignia pinned to her shirt after the Allied troops met following the fall of Berlin.© Time Inc.William Vandivert

Russian soldier standing amid rubble in Adolf Hitlers command bunker where he and his mistress Eva Braun were alleged to have committed suicide, under the Reichschancellery bldg.Russian soldier standing amid rubble in Adolf Hitlers command bunker where he and his mistress Eva Braun were alleged to have committed suicide, under the Reichschancellery bldg.

Russian soldier standing amid rubble in Adolf Hitler's command bunker where he and his mistress Eva Braun were alleged to have committed suicide, under the Reichschancellery bldg.© Time Inc.William Vandivert

US soldier talking with Russian soldier.

US soldier talking with Russian soldier.© Time Inc.Walter Sanders

Female Russian soldier and American trooper happily sitting together after meeting near the city of Torgau; by Davis Scherman & John Florea.

Female Russian soldier and American trooper happily sitting together after meeting near the city of Torgau; © Time Inc.by Davis Scherman & John Florea.

Russian Vistory Memorial in Treptow, Soviet sector of Berlin.

Russian Victory Memorial in Treptow, Soviet sector of Berlin.© Time Inc.Carl Mydans