As we celebrate VE Day 75 and the end of the war, suffering continued for injured service men and civilians. We must not forget the work of the medical teams who saw to our soldiers. Facial balistic injuries were common, and 2 brilliant surgeons from New Zealand were to become the modern day fathers of facial reconstructive surgery in the UK. Archibold McIndoe (WW2) and Harold Gillies (WW1+2) would pioneer new reconstructive surgical techniques and discover how saline promoted healing, in pilots rescued from the English Channel. It is to these, and many other surgeons, we celebrate on VE Day 75, as they gave hope and life back to so many who survived and suffered.