Victory in Europe

  • Ian Van der Waag
  • Noëlle van der Waag-Cowling
Keywords: 8 May 1945, World War II, Europe, Adolf Hitler, Western Europe, Anglo-Saxon troops, American sphere of influence, prewar European powers of France, Britain and Germany, two new superpowers, United States, Soviet Union


FIFTY YEARS AGO, ON 8 May 1945, World War II ended in Europe. The outcome was much as Adolf Hitler had predicted it would be: Western Europe was under the occupation of Anglo-Saxon troops and fell within the American sphere of influence, while Eastern Europe was occupied and dominated by the Soviets. The prewar European powers of France, Britain and Germany lay broken and a new bipolar global political system, dominated by two new superpowers – the United States and the Soviet Union - had emerged.
How to Cite
Van der Waag, I., & van der Waag-Cowling, N. (2012). Victory in Europe. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 25(2).