May 7, 1945 - Celebrating Germany’s Surrender:
Jubilant American soldier hugs motherly English woman and victory smiles light the faces of happy service men and civilians at Piccadilly Circus, London, celebrating Germany’s unconditional surrender. England, May 7, 1945.
JFK - 22 years old in London at the start of World War II
On September 3, 1939, Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced that England was at a state of war with Germany. Two days earlier, German troops had invaded Poland in a massive air, sea, and land attack.
At the time, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. was the United States Ambassador to England. Here, three of his children, Joseph Jr., Kathleen, and John, arrive at the House of Parliament in London to hear Prime Minister Chamberlain’s declaration of war.