World War Two

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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.

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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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Tank Museum reflects on brush with Brad Pitt as Fury gets set for London Film Festival

Fury, which opens next month and will close the BFI's London Film Festival, will star a Tiger Tank and a Sherman, borrowed from the Tank Museum and filmed in Oxfordshire.

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Curator's Choice: A Junkers Ju 87 Stuka aerial stolen by schoolboys during the Battle of Britain

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum curator David Coxon on an unlikely souvenir purloined by children from a German Stuka dive bomber downed during the Battle of Britain.

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