Second World War

UK sees largest annual increase in deaths since WW2
Patient transport services move an elderly patient from hospital to a care home.
In Focus

UK sees largest annual increase in deaths since WW2

Excess fatalities in the UK rose to levels not seen since wartime
13 Jan 2021
Plea for public to help find secret Second World War bunkers
Sir Winston Churchill making the victory sign.
In Brief

Plea for public to help find secret Second World War bunkers

Hundreds of ‘Scallywag’ underground hideouts lie undiscovered in British countryside
4 Jan 2021
Winston Churchill: antifascist or racist – or both?
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Winston Churchill: antifascist or racist – or both?

Wartime leader celebrated as a hero but espoused racist views in his lifetime
9 Jun 2020
VE Day stories: victory, defeat - and nice knickers
The VE Day parade in London
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VE Day stories: victory, defeat - and nice knickers

The end of WWII in Europe, remembered by those who witnessed it
4 May 2020
How to celebrate VE Day at home
VE Day
In Review

How to celebrate VE Day at home

May bank holiday celebrates 75 years since Allies won WW2
28 Apr 2020
Why everyone’s talking about Tom Moore
Captain Tom Moore, 99, has raised millions of pounds for the NHS
In Depth

Why everyone’s talking about Tom Moore

The 99-year-old Second World War veteran who has raised over £5m for NHS workers with sponsored walk
15 Apr 2020
VE Day: how World War 2 ended
VE Day
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VE Day: how World War 2 ended

This year Europe will mark 75 years since the Allies declared victory over Germany
6 Feb 2020

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Why is France awarding London the Legion d’honneur?
Charles de Gaulle
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Why is France awarding London the Legion d’honneur?

Emmanuel Macron sparks controversy with move to commemorate the city’s help during WWII
3 Jan 2020
Pret a Manger owners make amends for Nazi past
Pret a Manger
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Pret a Manger owners make amends for Nazi past

Reimann family to support Holocaust survivors after discovering links with Hitler
13 Dec 2019
Seven tragic Second World War poems
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Seven tragic Second World War poems

Less well-known than those of the First World War, the poems of WWII are just as gut-wrenching
19 Nov 2019
How did World War 2 start 80 years ago?
Adolf Hitler
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How did World War 2 start 80 years ago?

Eight decades have passed since the most destructive war in history broke out
2 Sep 2019
Timeline of Second World War: from declaration to surrender
World War Two
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Timeline of Second World War: from declaration to surrender

Eight decades have passed since beginning of global conflict that would claim tens of millions of lives
17 Jul 2019
Catch-22 and five other must-read Second World War books
George Clooney
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Catch-22 and five other must-read Second World War books

George Clooney’s TV adaptation of Joseph Heller’s novel begins on Channel 4 tonight
20 Jun 2019
D-Day: remarkable pictures from the Normandy invasion
D-Day landings
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D-Day: remarkable pictures from the Normandy invasion

Theresa May and Donald Trump arrive in France to mark the 75th anniversary
6 Jun 2019
What the Queen did in the Second World War
Donald Trump state visit
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What the Queen did in the Second World War

Donald Trump thanks Elizabeth II for her service during the global conflict
5 Jun 2019
D-Day 75: why Normandy invasion was so important
D-Day, World War II
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D-Day 75: why Normandy invasion was so important

The Queen, Donald Trump and Theresa May will honour veterans on the 75th anniversary of the historic landing
3 Jun 2019
Why May Day bank holiday is set to move in 2020
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Why May Day bank holiday is set to move in 2020

Government considering switching date in order to mark VE Day anniversary
20 Feb 2019
Mitsubishi must pay compensation for WWII forced labour
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Mitsubishi must pay compensation for WWII forced labour

Eleven victims win court ruling as tensions rise between Japan and South Korea
29 Nov 2018
Harry Leslie Smith: left-wing activist dies aged 95
Harry Leslie Smith
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Harry Leslie Smith: left-wing activist dies aged 95

Admirers of tireless anti-austerity campaigner flood Twitter with #IStandWithHarry hashtag
28 Nov 2018
Lady Trumpington dies: who were the women of Bletchley Park?
Bletchley Park
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Lady Trumpington dies: who were the women of Bletchley Park?

Thousands of women worked to run top-secret codebreaking operation - but their contributions long went unrecognised
27 Nov 2018
German reunification: how the world reacted
German reunification
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German reunification: how the world reacted

This week marks the 28th anniversary of the formal dissolution of the German Democratic Republic
1 Oct 2018
Royal Navy war graves ‘looted for scrap metal’
HMS Prince of Wales
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Royal Navy war graves ‘looted for scrap metal’

Defence Secretary expresses concern over reports of pirates disturbing sunken WWII ships
20 Aug 2018
How did South Africa’s apartheid start and end?
Apartheid Sign
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How did South Africa’s apartheid start and end?

System of institutionalised racial segregation and discrimination casts long shadow over the country’s history
18 Jul 2018
What are sonic attacks?
In Depth

What are sonic attacks?

Are US diplomats abroad being deliberately targeted – and is this a new phenomenon?
8 Jun 2018
Who were the Dambusters?
Dambusters
In Brief

Who were the Dambusters?

On the 75th anniversary of the aerial raid, The Week takes a look at the men behind the mission
16 May 2018
London City Airport shut over 500kg WWII bomb
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London City Airport shut over 500kg WWII bomb

Dozens of unexploded devices are found every year in the UK
12 Feb 2018
Memorabilia reveals Churchill’s eccentric work habits
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Memorabilia reveals Churchill’s eccentric work habits

Documents released to coincide with biopic Darkest Hour show wartime PM like to dictate speeches from bed
15 Jan 2018
Holocaust Memorial Day 2017: How UK will honour victims
Auschwitz concentration camp
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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017: How UK will honour victims

Thousands of commemorations planned around country to remember the victims of genocides
26 Jan 2017
British WWII mystery: Shipwrecks 'disappear' from Java Sea
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In Brief

British WWII mystery: Shipwrecks 'disappear' from Java Sea

Illegal scrap metal dealers blamed for dismantling British ships considered war graves
17 Nov 2016
Adolf Hitler was a 'super junkie', claims new book
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Adolf Hitler was a 'super junkie', claims new book

Author Norman Ohler says the German fuhrer turned to drugs after Von Stauffenberg's assassination attempt in 1944
6 Oct 2016
Dunkirk: New trailer is out - but where is Harry Styles?
Dunkirk
In Review

Dunkirk: New trailer is out - but where is Harry Styles?

One Direction star missing in action from first glimpse of Christopher Nolan's nail-biting war drama
8 Aug 2016
The Blitz 75 years on: how Britain coped with Nazi terror
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The Blitz 75 years on: how Britain coped with Nazi terror

Eight months of deadly air raids put civilians on the front line of war
4 Sep 2015
Violette Szabo: how WW2 heroine earned her George Cross
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Violette Szabo: how WW2 heroine earned her George Cross

Medal was awarded for daring spy missions immortalised in the film Carve Her Name With Pride
23 Jul 2015
SPRINGTIME: Hitler's holiday resort turned into hotel
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SPRINGTIME: Hitler's holiday resort turned into hotel

Critics say the redevelopment of Prora, a Nazi seaside 'paradise', affirms Hitler's vision
17 Dec 2014
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