world war two

  • Audio contentSOE: Lord Selborne's correspondence (catalogue reference HS 8/944)

    Special Operations Executive (SOE) service – some alternative sources

    Have you been unsuccessful in searching for a personal file for someone in SOE or perhaps you found a file containing little detail? There may be alternative or supplementary sources. This talk suggests ways to identify these sources and find […]

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    Locating London’s wartime past: www.bombsight.org

    Bomb Sight uses geography to link together The National Archives’ Second World War Bomb Census maps for London with photographs and personal narratives from other sources, within a web-mapping and mobile application that can be used by students and citizen […]

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    The Man Who Never Was

    ‘The Man Who Never Was’ tells the fascinating tale of Operation Mincemeat. This elaborate deception aimed to make the Axis powers believe that the Allies would attempt to enter Europe through Greece and Sardinia, rather than the actual target of […]

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    The Dam Busters

    ‘The Dam Busters’ tells the story of 617 Squadron and its daring and extremely difficult mission, which went on to become one of the most famous episodes of the Second World War. This videocast is part of the War on […]

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    Hope and Glory

    ‘Hope and Glory’ tells the story of a young boy growing up in London during the Second World War. The film explores two themes that greatly affected the Home Front during the war, the Blitz and evacuation. This videocast is […]

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    Royal Air Force service records

    Last year saw the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Air Force. The records of thousands of men (and women) who served in the RAF and its predecessors during the First World War are held by The National […]

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    Merchant Navy operational records

    Janet Dempsey examines the wealth of records which deal with the tragedy, terror, heroism and honour of the Merchant Navy in both World Wars.

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    The Special Operations Executive, the French Resistance and the D-Day landings

    This talk looks at the results and effectiveness of the British Special Operations Executive, or SEO, and the French Resistance in supporting the Second World War D-Day landings.

  • Audio contentINF3-78 (5) Joseph Stalin

    The making of the Stalinist state 1928-1941 – part 2

    The second part of this talk in which Dr Jane McDermid puts Joseph Stalin’s Russia under the microscope from the first of the Five-Year Plans to the outbreak of the Second World War.

  • Audio contentINF3-78 (5) Joseph Stalin

    The making of the Stalinist state 1928-1941 – part 1

    Dr Jane McDermid puts Joseph Stalin’s Russia under the microscope from the first of the Five-Year Plans to the outbreak of the Second World War.

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