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VJ Day - Victory over Japan - Royal Marines in SE Asia & the Pacific

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

On August 6 and 9, 1945, the Allies dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. On August 9, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan. The Japanese government on August 10 communicated its intention to surrender under the terms of the Potsdam Declaration.


Imperial Japan surrendered on the 15th August 1945, the formal surrender occurred aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2nd September 1945.


Many Royal Marines served in the South-East Asian theatre of War on capital ships, in the air and on the ground in various roles and units.

  • Loss of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Renown

  • Battle for Singapore

  • Battle of Hong Kong

  • Force Viper in Burma

  • Hell Ships Lisbon Maru & Hofuku Maru

  • Myebon Peninsula

  • Kangaw and Hill 170

  • Special jungle operations

  • Air operations in the Pacific

  • Landing craft operations in the Pacific

  • Liberation of Hongkong, Singapore and Rangoon


Royal Marines who were captured suffered terribly at the hands of the Japanese, some were transported on Hell Ships, many POW’s would never return.


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