World War Two

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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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Archaeologists find remains of German Messerchmitt downed during Battle of Britain dogfight

Service personnel and archaeologists working on an innovative archaeology programme have unearthed the remains of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 at Lulworth in Dorset.

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Last two airworthy Lancaster bombers cancel appearances after Durham engine shutdown

Vera - the Canadian Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber - has had to halt her British tour after performing a precautionary engine shutdown.

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Lancaster bombers head to IWM Duxford for reunion with Flying Fortress

The Canadian and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster bombers will be at The Duxford Air Show with a B-17 Flying Fortress on Sunday September 14.

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National Portrait Gallery puts young Roald Dahl RAF portrait on show for the first time

A rarely-seen Matthew Smith portrait of Roald Dahl when he was a young RAF officer during the Second World War has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Last two airworthy Lancaster bombers begin UK flying tour at Eastbourne Airshow

A Canadian Lancaster bomber is taking part in a six-week tour of the UK with the Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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English Heritage appeals to public to tag vast collection of First World War aerial photos

First World War Centenary planners and English Heritage are asking the public to share their knowledge of some of the sites shown in Britain from Above's collection of 95,000 photos.

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Imperial War Museum reopens with ground-breaking interactive First World War gallery

Imperial War Museum's new First World War gallery, which has reopened following a £40 million overhaul, is a major step forward in museum exhibitions, but what of the Second World War galleries?......

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Artists behind Normandy's The Fallen artwork release film for D-Day 70th anniversary

The sand artists who created a vast artwork remembering the dead on the beaches of Normandy have released a film about their project for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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RAF Museum lends Hawker Typhoon to Canada for 70th anniversary of D-Day

The RAF Museum has lent the last remaining Hawker Typhoon of its kind – allowing Canadian visitors to see it exactly 70 years after the D-Day Normandy landings.

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