World War Two

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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.

A black and white photo of Ivan Maisky, the Russian ambassador to Britain, writing at a table

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.

A photo of a green gas mask worn by a German soldier in the trenches during World War One

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.

A photo of a smiling Flying Officer P C Ramachandran, of the Indian Air Force, in the cockpit of a Spitfire,1942

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......

a black and white photo of prisoners in striped pyjamas, sitting eating a meal by the barbed wire fence of Bergen Belsen concentration camp shortly after its liberation

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.

a photo of a large jet Typhoon fighter f;lying in tandem with a WWII Spitfire ahead of the Battle of Britain airshow at IWM Duxford

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon to join Spitfire for Battle of Britain Anniversary flypast at IWM Duxford

The RAF Eurofighter Typhoon and the Supermarine Spitfire will fly together for the first time at IWM Duxford to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A photo of a woman digging a deep trench at a First and Second World War trench at Dreghorn in Scotland

Archaeologists uncover shallow world war training trenches at wood in Scottish village

Archaeologists working on Ministry of Defence land used by soldiers preparing for the Battle of the Somme say the camouflaged trenches would have originally been used during the First World War.

A photo of the brown fountain pen used by General Douglas MacArthur to end World War II

Object of the Week: The pen used by General Douglas MacArthur to signal the end of World War Two

US General Douglas MacArthur used this pen to sign a formal surrender ceremony that, following Japan's surrender, effectively brought an end to World War II.

a photo of two red silk poppies from a scrapbook compiled by an Edinburgh family during World War One

First World War scrapbook published online after detective work tracks down living relative

Scrapbooks compiled by an Edinburgh family during the First World War are being published online thanks to detective work by Edinburgh library staff.

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