This year marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day, on May 8 we will commemorate the end of the conflict in Europe.
Across the UK more than 100 VE day beacons will be lit, including one in Suffolk, to symbolise the sacrifice a whole generation made.
Here we retell stirring tales of bravery from the frontline and highlighting the terrifying moments that those back home endured, worrying about their loved ones as they listened for the far-off rumble of guns from mainland Europe.
Last year, we marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that cost around 10 million lives and changed forever the lives of those who experienced it at home or on the battlefields of Europe, and readers shared their family war stories.
If you have a story to tell, contact feature writer Steven Russell today.