Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for August 15th:
"American servicemen and women ... celebrate the unconditional surrender of the Japanese."


"American servicemen and women gather in front of ’Rainbow Corner’..." August 15, 1945, McNulty, Photographer, (111-SC-210241); Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, 1754 - 1954; Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1982; Record Group 111; National Archives.

The surrender of Japan during World War II was announced on August 14, 1945. Taken on August 15, the caption of this photo reads: "American servicemen and women gather in front of ’Rainbow Corner’ Red Cross club in Paris to celebrate the unconditional surrender of the Japanese." The offical Instrument of Surrender would later be signed on September 2, 1945.
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