Back to Civvy Street: The Return of WWII Soldiers to London
On May 7th, 1945, the streets of London, Ontario erupted in celebration upon hearing the news of Germany’s surrender to the Allies. With the celebrations, however, came a new hurdle: how would the estimated 80,000 men and women enlisted reintegrate back into their daily lives outside of service, or as they referred to it: “Civvy Street”? The following tour was created by the University of Western Ontario’s Digital Public History class of 2019 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe day. As you make your way around the streets of London, imagine you’re standing shoulder to shoulder with countless Londoners as you watch troops pour out from the train station to celebrate reuniting with their loved ones. The streets are flooded with people celebrating under storefronts decorated in flags and buntings and the cheering only grows louder as each train filled with returning servicemen and women arrive. A note on navigation: please pay attention to traffic signals when crossing the street and be careful around construction. As of October 2019, the road in front of the train station is under construction. To avoid accident and injury, remain outside of the fenced area and safely admire the site. Note on Audio: If the audio does not match the current stop, either refresh the page or close and reopen the headphone icon.