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This photograph from Victory in Europe Day—May 8, 1945—appeared on the front page of a newspaper in Cape Town, South Africa, with the headline ‘Third Reich Ceases to Exist'. Rare 1940s photo shows World War II sailors from the US Navy’s Armed Guard celebrating VE-Day

photo showcases World War II sailors celebrating “Victory in Europe Day” after the fall of the Third Reich.

By September 1941 there were nearly 60,000 South African troops in Egypt, 15,000 of them black: all had volunteered to serve outside South Africa, and wore an orange strip on their epaulettes to mark the fact. 1st South African Division was bloodily engaged during Operation Crusader, and the over 10,000 South Africans were captured when Tobruk fell. These South Africans take cover while their truck is bombed, June 4, 1942.

South African soldier taking cover during an Air Attack

Royal visit Feb. 1947.

The Royal cavalcade in its way from HMS Vanguard to the City Hall. I believe the Heerengracht was straightened in

Cape Town, Still on the Water's Edge : The War Memorial, Adderley Street 1945 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Lower Adderley Street the first road to the left is Riebeeck Street and the circle is where the fountain stands today. Warships can be seen in the dock in the first year after the war ended.

Parliament street, 1946

Cape Town, Vintage Images, South Africa, 1940s, Street, Scenery, Capes

Map Erected in Adderley Street; This was to familiarise people with the war front during the Second World War; | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Map Erected in Adderley Street; This was to familiarise people with the war front during the Second World War;

Sea Fury FB II's from 802 Sqn. in formation during HMS Vengeance visit to C.T. in Nov. 1948.

Sea Fury FB II's from 802 Sqn. in formation during HMS Vengeance visit to C. in Nov.