Seventy five years ago the war in Europe ended. The war in Asia was to end three months later. In 1939, Britain and France had been the only countries to declare war on Nazi Germany without being attacked, and in 1945 Britain was the only major state in Europe not to have suffered either fascism or occupation. Indeed, Britain was the only country to have gone through both world wars from beginning to end. All this has left an indelible mark on our national psychology.