The date on which the Second World War came to an end is a matter of controversy as people hold different dates to be correct, depending on their point of view, however, the war did come to an end in the year 1945 and of that, there is no doubt. Many believe that the World War 2 came to an end on the day Berlin was captured from the Nazi army by the Polish and Russian forces. After the invasion and defeat of his armed forces, Adolph Hitler is believed to have committed suicide and soon after, Germany declared its complete and absolute surrender on the 8th of May, 1945. The fall of the Nazi leader who was the main man who started the war and also the most prominent and powerful figure on the side of Axis Powers, was indeed a big step towards the end of the war. A different group of people do not consider 8th May as the date on which the Second World War ended. According to them, it ended on 15th August, 1945, that is when Japan surrendered at last. The surrender of Japan was brought about because USA chose to do something that is considered to be one of the darkest events in the history of mankind. USA dropped one atomic bomb each in the two cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6th August, 1945. The move killed more than three hundred thousand civilians in the two cities and Japan did not have much choice left but to surrender. Although Japan’s surrender was accepted by President Truman on 15th August itself, the official signing of the surrender document was completed later on 2nd September at the Tokyo Bay, onboard the battleship USS Missouri.
After the war ended, the United Nations came into existence as an organization with the chief purpose of preventing a Third World War. The devastating and deadly war changed the political, economical as well as the military situation in the entire world and the two super powers that emerged were the United States of America and the Soviet Union. The “armed peace” and the “cold war” followed once the Second World War was over and it continued for a period of more than four decades.