World War Two

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An image of a painting of father christmas delivering alcohol to a soldier in a first world war trench

First World War Christmas cards show stiff upper lip and dark humour of serving soldiers

A card from a Prisoner of War and a portrait of a bulldog exclaiming "life in the old dog yet" illustrate the spirit of First World War soldiers in a festive display in York.

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Remains of German WWII Junkers Ju 88 bomber recovered from Thames Estuary

The remnants of a German Junkers Ju 88 bomber shot down by a Norwegian Spitfire ace have been recovered from the Thames Estuary by Wessex Archaeology.

A black and white photo of a man in a naval uniform hugging a reindeer in the 1940s

Russian reindeer given to British submarine crew during World War II becomes BBC One star

A reindeer which was loaded through the torpedo hatch of a Trident submarine with a barrel of moss in a gift from Russian allies is about to have its story told on The One Show.

A black and white photo of a soldier's helmet on a floor with a crack in it

Conflict, Time, Photography: Tate Modern's powerful portrayal of the lasting effects of war

Working from the time passed since each war portrayed, Tate Modern's huge new exhibition takes Kurt Vonnegut's SlaughterHouse-Five as an initial influence.

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Petition opposing closure of Imperial War Museum library receives more than 5,500 signatures

Trade Union members say plans have been made to close the IWM's popular library, claiming they could cause the loss of up to 80 jobs after a £4 million cut in government funding.

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World War Two fighter pilot revisits his P-51 Mustang fighter at IWM Duxford

A former fighter pilot who fought with the USAAF out of Duxford during World War Two has unveiled the world's oldest preserved P-51 Mustang at IWM Duxford.

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Secret plans of unsung World War II hero who saved London from drowning revealed

Peirson Frank, the civil engineer who created a rapid response unit to protect flood defences from Luftwaffe attacks during World War II, has been honoured in London.

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How the RAF Museum is conserving the world's last remaining World War Two Dornier bomber

Culture24 talks to RAF Museum Conservation Centre Manager Darren Priday about the project to conserve the remains of the last German Dornier 17 World War Two bomber.

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Operation to save UK's last surviving World War II Landing Craft ends in success

An "unbelievably exciting" two-day salvage operation by divers and historians in Birkenhead has raised the LCT 7074, which played a pivotal role in the D-Day campaign.

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Alan Turing's World War II codebreaking Bombe is best invention, says Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The machine which decoded 5,000 German messages a day during the Second World War has narrowly beaten Concorde in a poll of engineering experts and fans.

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Imperial War Museum asks public to help chart history of WWII American airmen in England

The lives of American personnel who served on British airbases during World War Two are being brought to life in a new crowdsourcing web project launched by IWM Duxford.

A photo of a stone memorial with the words Normandy Campaign 1944 carved into it.

New Normandy memorial and designs for statue of D-Day hero CSM Hollis unveiled

A memorial to the men who fought in the Normandy campaign of World War Two was unveiled this week at the National Memorial Arboretum and statue designs were revealed in Middlesbrough for D-Day VC......

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