Today in World War II History—May 8, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—May 8, 1940: British Labour Party calls for vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s government.
Gen. Semyon Timoshenko replaces Marshal Kliment Voroshilov as Soviet defense commissar.
75 Years Ago—May 8, 1945: V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day)—the US and the western Allies celebrate as the German surrender becomes official.
Off Bergen, Norway, an RAF Catalina sinks U-320, the last German U-boat sunk in the war.
US troops and Monuments Men discover art stash at Altaussee, Austria, saved by Austrian civilians.
US secures Leyte in the Philippines.