of the Centre's collections are
featured in these pages, illustrating the wide scope of our holdings,
including a detailed look at the role of the WRNS during wartime, personal
experiences on the Home Front, and a focus on our wartime artwork. This
section will be updated on a regular basis.
"For you Tommy, the war is over".
Not necessarily so. Escape and Evasion in Europe.
As part of the Eighth Annual Lecture Series, Dr Peter Liddle, Life
President of the Second World War Experience Centre, explored the rich
testimony of those who escaped and evaded capture during the Second World
War for his lecture at Harewood House. We are delighted to include
illustrated transcript of this fascinating talk.
We commemorate the successful evacuation of 340,000 British and French troops
from the beaches of Dunkirk May/June 1940.
In April 1940, the 'phony war' ended when Britain and France fought Nazi Germany
for control of Norway. This campaign was abandoned with the fall of France
and ultimately led to the resignation of Chamberlain.
Operation Chariot: The Raid on St Nazaire,
28 March 1942.
On the night of 28 March, 1942 Royal Navy and Army Commando units launched a
raid on the heavily defended docks at St Nazaire.
Events in North Africa - June 1942
In June 2002 we look back at the events sixty years ago in the western desert
of North Africa.
The Russian Convoys - July 1942
In July 2002 the hazardous operations of the Russian Convoys are remembered.
Operation Pedestal - August 1942
An urgent but dangerous convoy to deliver much-needed supplies, especially
oil, to the beleaguered island of Malta.
An Hour of Glory:
The Strike at the Luxembourg Post Office, 1 September 1942
Article by George C. Kieffer The
article was first published in Issue
3 of Everyone's War.
El Alamein and Torch 1942
The second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942 and the Torch landings
of the following month heralded the beginning of the end of the campaign
in North Africa.
Godfrey Talbot - The Voice of the Desert
and the Eighth Army
Godfrey Talbot relayed the action, as it happened, to the families at
The Warsaw Ghetto and the Warsaw Ghetto
In commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April 1943, we feature
the story of Janina Bauman who, as a Jewish girl, was forced to live
in the Ghetto before escaping to hide in the 'Aryan' side of the city.
The Dams Raid May 1943
The Dams Raid of May 1943 was an important morale-raising attack undertaken
by members of the 617 Squadron.
Operation Husky, the Invasion of Sicily
July 1943 saw the large scale attack on what Churchill called "the
soft underbelly of Europe".
The Italian Campaign
Recollections of the Italian D-Days, Monte Cassino and the River and
Mountain Crossings from the Centre's archives.
Victory! VE Day Celebrations on the British
Dr Ian Whitehead's look at celebrations across Britain. The article was
first published in Issue 11
of Everyone's War.
The Thai-Burma Railroad
Personal experiences of prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army, who laboured
on the construction of the infamous Thai-Burma railway. This material illustrates
the horrendous living and working conditions suffered by the prisoners. We
also include recollections of Far Eastern Prisoners of War held in other camps
who suffered similarly. It does not make for easy reading but we should remember
the men who survived and the thousands of prisoners who didn't make it home.
A selection of British propaganda posters donated by Kenneth W. Rendell.
Aspects of Life on the British Home
An abridged version of Dr Ian Whitehead's detailed look at life on the Home
Front in Britain during the Second World War. The full article is available
in Issue 6 of Everyone's War.
Fulfilling a need - the role of the Women's
Royal Naval Service.
An introduction to the wide-ranging roles undertaken by Wrens, who won over
those sceptical about their abilities and paved the way for a permanent service.
Here we display a selection of the Centre's extensive collection of Love Letters,
written by husbands and wives, parents and children.
The North East of England during Wartime.
Here we consider experiences of life on the Home Front and for those in the
Armed Forces in the North East.
Voices from the Battle of the Atlantic
By Kate Tildesley, Curator at the Naval Historical Branch.
An examination of the "Battle", or series of campaigns, which lasted
throughout the War, against, and in defence of, Allied merchant shipping.
Not the Image but Reality: British POW
Experience in Italian and German Camps.
Dr Peter Liddle and Dr Ian Whitehead examine the 'barbed-wire enclosed existence'
from the Centre's archives.
Between December 1938 and August 1939, the Kindertransport programme evacuated
almost 10,000 Jewish children from Germany and Austria to Great Britain.
The Second World War Experience Centre holds recorded interviews and documents
from several of these children including Clive 'Teddy' Teddern and Ken Ward
who went on to serve with the British Army in Normandy, Holland and Germany.
RAF Special Operations
by James Holland
The Work of Women in the Women's Auxiliary
Experiences in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force from the Centre's holdings.
The Battle of Britain: an Anthem
Article by Stephen Bungay, Director of the Ashridge Strategic Management Centre.