We think of VE Day as a time of mass celebration; jubilant crowds laughing, dancing and partying. And party they did - but the images shown below also record many whose physical and mental condition or sense of grief and loss would scar them for years to come...
Scroll through our gallery to view poignant and celebratory images of the end of the Second World War.
Huge crowds gathered around Piccadilly Circus in London
British prisoners of war liberated by the British 2nd Division after five years in captivity
British former prisoners being greeted by policemen after arriving at Marylebone station
A Bristol street party
A street party in the Newton Heath district of Manchester
Allied civilian prisoners after being released from a German prison camp