World War Two

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The Innovation Race: Photos of the female factory workers who helped save Britain in World War I

See pictures from the factories and owners who helped David Lloyd George after he was appointed Minister of Munitions, saving the war effort at a time when Britain faced low morale and little possibility of victory.

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Ten artists exploring the legacy of World War Two in Russian Art

Ten artworks from a new exhibition from Art Russe at the Saatchi Gallery exploring how 20th century Russian artists responded to World War Two.

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Fashion on the Ration: The story of clothing on the home front during World War Two

Laura Clouting, curator of the Imperial War Museum exhibition Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, talks about rationing, utility clothing and fashion on the home front during World War Two.

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Boulton Paul Defiant fighter arrives safely at Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust

Following its 240-mile motorway journey the beautiful replica of a Boulton Paul Defiant has arrived at its new home, the Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust at Hawkinge.

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Aerial photos of WWII airfields join new crowdsourcing American Air Museum website

Unseen personal snapshots and aerial photographs extend the Imperial War Museum's cowdsourcing digital resource exploring the USAAF in Britain during WWII.

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Fines on banks provide £1 million boost for UK's last Second World War Landing Craft from D-Day

The project to restore the LCT 7074 - a Landing Craft which carried up to ten tanks at a time on D-Day - will benefit from the banking crisis, the Chancellor has announced.

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Final photograph of Winston Churchill goes on display as Chartwell marks Churchill 2015

The last photograph taken of Sir Winston Churchill and the flag that flew over Washington on the day of his death are among the objects on display in an exhibition at his family home of Chartwell in......

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The Forth Bridge Raid: First Luftwaffe bombing raid of World War Two remembered at Queensferry Museum

The Forth Bridge Raid, the first time Luftwaffe bombers met Spitfires over British skies, is remembered by eyewitnesses at Queensferry Museum.

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British Library publishes vast audio archive of Holocaust testimonies for Holocaust Memorial Day

The British Library is launching Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust, an online resource giving worldwide access to 289 audio interviews with Holocaust Survivors.

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Boulton Paul Defiant fighter rescued by Kent Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge

A World War Two Boulton Paul Defiant fighter is heading to the Kent Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge, where it will join a Spitfire and Hurricane in the only display of its kind in the world.

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Inscription could have been last act at airfield by doomed World War II pilot, say archaeologists

An inscription on an air raid shelter at an airfield which played an important role in the Battle of Britain could have been the last act of a serving pilot, says a county archaeologist.

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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.

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