Second World War 1939-1945

Our records cover┬áthe entire conflict from Churchill’s desk downwards. Read the Prime Minister’s signed orders and top level diplomacy with Roosevelt and Stalin alongside reports from all theatres of war and every aspect of the situation on the Home Front – from what was shown in the nation’s cinemas to recipes for British kitchens.

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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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British Response to V1 and V2

How did Britain respond to the threat of attack by missiles in 1943?
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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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Life during wartime

What can you discover about life on the Home Front in Britain?
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Noor Khan: behind enemy lines

Would you like to meet Noor Khan, SOE agent?
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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 Home Front

How did people prepare for the war at home?