Victory Day

9 May is recognized and celebrated as ‘Victory Day’, commemorating the day in which Nazi Germany was defeated by the Allied forces. The Badger State made a great contribution to the war effort…

  • 332,200 Wisconsinites served in WWII: 9,300 women and 322,900 men.
  • 8,149 Wisconsinites died while in the Armed Forces.
  • 13,600 Wisconsinites were wounded.
  • 15 Wisconsin men were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions during WWII.
  • Badger Ordnance Works opened in Sauk County in 1942, the plant employed over 10,000 people.

In the above photo, the high command of the Soviet military prepares to accept the German surrender in 1945.