This Day in History: 1945-05-08

V-E – Victory in Europe – Day. German capitulation finally ends the war in Europe. 1st East and 1st South Lancashires are in North Germany, along with several ex-regimental units then serving as artillery and armoured formations. 1st and 2nd Loyals are in North Italy. The next day, the officers of the 1st East Lancashires hold a “quiet and private” dinner night, at which the Commanding Officer records that, since landing in Normandy 11 months before, the battalion had lost 20 officers and 241 men killed in action, out of a total casualty list of 86 officers and 1,692 men. Only 221 men who landed in France were still with the battalion, many of whom had returned for further service after being wounded.