Hong Kong's second world war history

IN PICTURES: Days of peace

14 Aug 2015

Seventy years ago today, Japanese Emperor Hirohito delivered a recorded radio address to the nation, announcing the surrender of Japan in the second world war. The surrender brought to an end more than 10 years of horror for the people of Asia and the Pacific. More than 35 million Chinese were killed or injured, accounting for one-third of the total casualties of all countries during the second world war, according to incomplete official statistics. Formal surrenders by Japanese forces went on until September as celebrations also continued. Photographs by Xinhua, The LIFE Picture Collection, EPA, and Agence France-Presse