WWII

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    Civilian honours and awards

    The London Gazette is a crucial source for announcements of military and civilian honours and awards. This talk explains how to use and get the best out of the Gazette, and how further information about awards can be found among ...

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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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    GIs and POWs: Kew in the Second World War

    Local historian Christopher May reveals the wartime history of The National Archives’ Kew site. American servicemen stationed here created the maps used in the Normandy landings of 1944. Later, the same buildings were used to house Italian prisoners of war ...

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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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    Security Service file release August 2008

    Over 150 Security Service files dating from around the time of the Second World War have now been opened. Professor Christopher Andrew, Official Historian of the Secret Service, talks about German and Soviet agents and intelligence officers, right-wing extremists and Communists, ...

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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.

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    Secrecy and government records

    Professor Foot is a noted historian and academic. He is the official historian for the Second World War Special Operations Executive (SOE) and has an extensive knowledge of the background to the requirements for secrecy in government records. This is ...

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    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.

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    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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