1945: Victory

The Germans made their last stand in Berlin: 1 million men, supported by 1,500 tanks, 2,200 aircraft and 9,300 guns defended the German capital. However, at this point they were overwhelmed: the Russians brought in 3 million men, 3,100 tanks, 7,500 aircraft, and 14,600 guns. Photo: German civilians watching Russian tanks rolling into Berlin:

On May 7, the Germans surrendered to General Eisenhower in France. Photo: General Jodl signs unconditional capitulation (Reims, May 7, 1945):

September 2, 1945.  General Douglas MacArthur signs as Supreme Allied Commander during formal surrender ceremonies on the USS MISSOURI in Tokyo Bay. Behind General MacArthur are Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright and Lieutenant General A. E. Percival