World War Two

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Happy birthday Winston Churchill: Five rooms and objects telling Churchill's wartime story

On Winston Churchill's 141st birthday, Phil Reed, the Director of London's Churchill War Rooms, takes a look at the rooms and objects which tell the tale of his leadership.

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"He knew how much was riding on this": Winston Churchill's "finest hour" speech among a million documents in archive of former Prime Minister

On what would have been his 141st birthday, a vast archive of letters written by Winston Churchill, including a copy of his "finest hour" speech to parliament, has been recognised by the United Nations.

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Curator's Choice: The camera which is "95%" certain to have been part of the Great Escape

Dave Humphrey, the curator of the centenary room at RAF Cosford's Defence School of Photography, on the story of what could well be the Great Escape camera.

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Cache of unseen World War Two artworks acquired by National Maritime Museum

Royal Museums Greenwich has acquired a collection of 17 drawings by World War Two artist and Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse Rosemary Rutherford.

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George Cross of WWII heroine Violette Szabó goes on display at Imperial War Museum London

The George Cross of WWII SOE heroine, Violette Szabó, who was executed by the Nazis in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in 1945, goes on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.

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Soviet-British alliance could have averted World War II, diaries of Russian ambassador who drank with Churchill reveal

Gabriel Gorodetsky, a fellow at All Souls College in Cambridge, is bringing out a book of edited extracts from the journals of Ivan Maisky, the Soviet ambassador in London between 1932 and 1943.

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Object of the Week: A gas mask worn by a German soldier in the First World War trenches

In 1919, Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum was given a collection of German military equipment gathered by the British War Trophies Commission after the Armistice - including this mask.

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Migrants of War: IWM North reveals the changing faces of Britain during World War Two

Using photographs and oral histories, Imperial War Museum North reveals how the national and ethnic diversity of the British population changed during the Second World War.

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WWII test pilot reunited with the "highly volatile" Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet he flew in 1945

Captain Eric Brown CBE has been reunited with a Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune, East Lothian, 70 years after he first flew the highly volatile......

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Imperial War Museum reveals plans for major transformation of Holocaust Exhibition

A £5million gift from Pears Foundation will enable work to begin on the renewal of the Holocaust Exhibition at IWM London.

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