London, Aug. 1945: civilians and service personnel in Picadilly Circus celebrate the news of Allied Victory over Japan.
Original text: In London's Piccadilly Circus,a group of servicemen and women, and a civilian woman, link arms as they walk towards the camera, singing as they dance in celebration around Eros (not pictured), on the news that the war in Japan is over. Behind them, crowds of people are gathered in the sunshine. Several buses can also be seen.
Noticed but assumed this was some sort of satire/political commentary on the town concerned. <insert irony mode> Warning @Hub6actual Politics NOT allowed, (humour is though.) <end irony mode. begin lithium mode>.
I gotta admit I have enjoyed thinking up several scenarios where such a town could remain unchanged over such a period - think Mafia retirement, CIA/FBI/Witness Protection retirement town, Vampires rule the area, sorcerers/witches, Special forces training town, alien experiments etc.
I saw the gear, caualness, weapons, body language & facial expressions; made me think it's either that or they are about to go into the front very soon. - (He's being whimsical/thoughtful today. Hmmmmm )
@Zinzan They are not veterans, it is the parade in Place de la Republique. Here you have another angle of that moment: Crowds cheer jubilantly as American troops who liberated Cherbourg, march through the Place de la Republique.
Although I can not specify the correct date. Some images say of July 14 and others of June 27.
In front of City Hall Cherbourg (now Place de la Republique). An American detachment makes the honors are present elements of the 4th, 9th and 79th US ID ....
Photo taken June 27, 1944, minutes before 16:00, at which time the Shift happens. Gen. J. Lawton Collins, commander of VII Corps. Ceremony (very short) to celebrate the liberation of the city with the mayor of Cherbourg.
1944, Curious around American tanks after the liberation of Paris, the cathedral of Notre Dame is seen behind.
And this Monday, curious approach to the cathedral to observe the fire of the historic temple.