World War II ended in 1945. The war ended in Europe at a different time and in a different manner than it did in Asia and the Pacific. In Europe, World War II ended with the surrender of Germany. The Allies had accomplished their war plans in Europe and were invading Germany. Hitler died and Germany surrendered. Since all other European countries had been conquered, the surrender by Germany as the Allies invaded, ended the war in Europe. After the war, Germany was divided into four zones that eventually became two countries. Europe split into communist and noncommunist zones.
In Asia, World War II ended after atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. The first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered five days after the second bomb was dropped. Since all other areas were already conquered, this surrender ended the war in Asia and completely ended World War II. After the war, the United States helped rebuild Japan. We didn’t want Japan to become a communist country. We felt by rebuilding their economy, Japan would not become communist.