Magazine article America in WWII

September-October 1945

Magazine article America in WWII

September-October 1945

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September 2 Six years to the day after Germany invaded Poland and began World War II, the global conflict ends as representatives of Japan sign the instrument of surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. September 2 In Hanoi, communist leader Ho Chi Minh and his provisional government declare the Democratic Republic of Vietnam--formerly French IndoChina--independent from colonial rule. September 3 The Japanese commander in the Philippines, General Tomoyuki Yamashita, surrenders his forces at Baguio in the presence of US General Jonathan M. Wainwright IV and British Lieutenant General Arthur E. Percival--both former prisoners of the Japanese. September 4 Japanese forces on Wake Island surrender. September 5 In Yokohama, Japan, US authorities arrest Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a.k.a. Tokyo Rose, the Japanese American radio propagandist who entertained and angered Allied listeners for most of the war. September 5 British forces reoccupy Singapore. September 8 As US military police encircle his Tokyo home, former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo attempts suicide by gunshots to the chest. He survives and is captured. September 8 American troops occupy Korea south of the 38th parallel. Russians already occupy the north. September 9 In Nanking, Japanese forces formally surrender to China. September 10 A court in Oslo sentences Vidkun Quisling, former Nazi-backed president of German-occupied Norway, to death. September 13 Japanese forces in Burma surrender formally in Rangoon. …

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