Second World War 1939-1945

Our records cover the history of the Second World War including the roles of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. Find out more about the Holocaust and life on the Home Front.

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Adolf Hitler

Was Hitler a 'passionate lunatic'?
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Belsen concentration camp 1945

What did the British find when they entered Belsen concentration camp?
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Britain and the Holocaust

How much did the British government know?
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British Response to V1 and V2

How did Britain respond to the threat of attack by missiles in 1943?
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Convincing the Colonies

How did Britain try to keep the support of the people of West Africa?
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Evacuation to Shropshire

What was it like in the Second World War?

Gordon Ford’s story

What was it like to be an airman in World War Two?
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Government posters

How did Britain encourage people at home to help win the war?
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Hitler assassination plan

How did the British plan to kill Hitler?
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Propaganda and the art of war

How did the British government encourage people to support the war?
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The Holocaust

Key documents from The National Archives
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The Home Front

How did people prepare for the war at home?