• 10.30am - 3.30pm
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National Army Museum
  • 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

VJ Day 75

VJ75: Never Forgotten

VJ75: Never Forgotten

We're joining forces with the Royal Air Force Museum, the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, 15 August 1945.

Get involved in our free online talks and events as we remember the contribution of British Commonwealth forces during the Far East campaign of the Second World War. 

Explore our full programme below and find out more about our partners' VJ75 content:

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Mapping the Far East Campaign

Mapping the Far East campaign

This video provides a brief summary of the battles fought in the air, on sea and on land during the Far East campaign of the Second World War. It also examines how we remember these events today.

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Japanese flag captured by 6th Battalion, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry, 1945

Japanese good luck flags

A collection of flags captured during the Second World War sheds light on the tough close-quarter combat of the Burma campaign and provides some rare insights about soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army.

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Gurkhas open fire during an attack near Palel, April 1944

Battles of Imphal and Kohima

These formed the turning point of one of the most gruelling campaigns of the Second World War. The decisive Japanese defeat in north-east India in 1944 became the springboard for the subsequent re-conquest of Burma.

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East African soldiers with a captured Japanese flag, 1944 

The Far East campaign

Between December 1941 and August 1945, British Commonwealth troops and their allies fought a bitter war across the vast expanses of Asia and the Pacific Ocean against a tenacious and often brutal enemy.

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Sir Tom Moore and Joseph Hammond
In Conversation

15 August 2020, 4.00pm

FREE

Soldiers' Stories: Veterans in Conversation

In this exclusive online event, join Second World War veterans Captain Sir Tom Moore and Private Joseph Hammond in conversation with Dr Peter Johnston of the National Army Museum.

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Indian troops moving ammunition down a slope, Burma, c1944
Performance

15 August 2020, 11.00am

FREE

Jungle Fighter: Meet Shaam Lal

What was it like to serve in the Burma as part of the Indian Army? Meet our live interpretation character Shaam Lal to hear his thoughts on living and fighting in the jungle.

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The building of the bridge over the River Kwai taken by a prisoner of war, c1943
In Conversation

15 August 2020, 12.00pm

FREE

Memories of the Burma Railway

Join historian Julie Summers and Geoff Gill from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in conversation with Emma Mawdsley on the treatment and conditions of prisoners of war working on the Thai-Burma Railway.

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Never Forgotten: The War in the Far East and in Modern Memory
Discussion

15 August 2020, 2.00pm

FREE

Never Forgotten: The War in the Far East and in Modern Memory

Join historians from the four VJ75 partner organisations as they explore the road to Victory over Japan and discuss how it is remembered in myth and memory.

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From the River Kwai to Enola Gay: The Cultural Legacy of the War in the Far East
Discussion

16 August 2020, 2.00pm

FREE

From the River Kwai to Enola Gay: The Cultural Legacy of the War in the Far East

Peter Francis of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is joined by experts from the VJ75 partner museums to discuss and explore the cultural legacy of the war in the Far East.

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