"What are you doing?" British Prime Minister Winston Churchill prepares to make his VE Day broadcast to the British public in the Cabinet Office at 10 Downing Street, London, at 2.30pm on May 8, 1945.
The public announcement that World War II had ended in Europe came from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at 3pm on Tuesday, May 8, 1945. At 2.30, Churchill began to prepare for his victory speech in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street, London. Outside the room, a large number of typists eavesdropped on Churchill's rehearsal for his broadcast to the British people. "What are you doing?" they heard the PM bark at a BBC engineer.
"They are just fixing the microphone, Sir."
Sitting behind a Remington Noiseless Model 10 standard typewriter on his desk, Churchill announced that hostilities would officially finish at one minute past midnight.
At 9am Washington DC time on May 8, US President Harry S. Truman addressed the American people from the White House. There wasn't a typewriter in sight.
Gathered around to hear him, from left, were: Elmer Davis (hand to head); Secretary of Commerce Henry A. Wallace; Major General Philip Fleming; Representative Joseph Martin; General of the Army George C. Marshall; J. Leonard Reinsch; Colonel Harry Vaughan; John W. Snyder; Mrs Truman; Margaret Truman; and Secretary of War Henry L Stimson. In the centre foreground looking at the camera is Fred M. Vinson.
Margaret TrumanTypist Myra Collyer spent the final days of World War II in Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms under Whitehall in London. In August 2009, aged 85, she returned to her Imperial 50 standard typewriter: