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"World War II: A Glimpse into the Triumphs and Struggles of a Global Conflict" St

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: St. Pauls Survives

St. Pauls Survives
The iconic view of St. Pauls Cathedral from the roof of the Daily Mail newspaper building, through the smoke and flames of the nights German bombing raids

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Red army soldiers raising the soviet flag over the reichstag in berlin, germany, april 30, 1945

Red army soldiers raising the soviet flag over the reichstag in berlin, germany, april 30, 1945, photo taken by vladimir grebnev

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942

Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942. A typical gesture of defiance from Britains wartime Prime Minister. (Colorised black and white print)

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Supermarine Spitfire, c1940 (colour litho)

Supermarine Spitfire, c1940 (colour litho)
981878 Supermarine Spitfire, c1940 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Supermarine Spitfire, c1940.); Look and Learn / Elgar Collection

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023)

AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: British battleship HMS King George V, Sydney, Australia, 1945

British battleship HMS King George V, Sydney, Australia, 1945. King George V after arriving from Tokyo where she had been present at the surrender of Japan

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: USA, B-17 Bomber Aircraft, Cockpit, Salinas, California

USA, B-17 Bomber Aircraft, Cockpit, Salinas, California

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). Creator: Eric Ravilious

Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). Creator: Eric Ravilious
Runway Perspective, 1941, (1944). RAF Spitfires at a British airfield during the Second World War. Painting in the Imperial War Museum, London. From " Britain In The Air", by Nigel Tangye

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c. 1940

SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c. 1940
This image shows SS St Julien at Newport Docks following her conversion into a hospital ship, as denoted by the red cross painted on the side of her hull

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: The Renown, the Ark Royal, and the Sheffield, c1939-1941, (1942). Creator: Unknown

The Renown, the Ark Royal, and the Sheffield, c1939-1941, (1942). Creator: Unknown
The Renown, the Ark Royal, and the Sheffield, c1939-1941, (1942). " Out To Sea and Into The Sky". The three famous partners of Force H - the battle-cruiser Renown, the Ark Royal

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Roof spotter at football match

Roof spotter at football match
A roof spotter searching for oncoming German bombers, at a West Ham vs. Chelsea match 8 December 1940

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival

Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfire Fighter planes, 2011 Goodwood revival
Lancaster Bomber with Spitfire fighter aircraft

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Rolls-Royce Merlin R. M. 14S. M. Mk 100 V-12 Engine, 1944. Creator: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Merlin R. M. 14S. M. Mk 100 V-12 Engine, 1944. Creator: Rolls-Royce
Formed in 1906 to produce automobiles, Rolls-Royce was asked to begin designing and building aircraft engines at the outbreak of World War I in 1914

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: LMS coach no. 6204 converted to an ambulance train car, 1939

LMS coach no. 6204 converted to an ambulance train car, 1939
This official photograph of an ambulance train car was taken on behalf of the Swindon Works Drawing Office in October 1939

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: The Westland Lysander, 1941. Creator: Unknown

The Westland Lysander, 1941. Creator: Unknown
The Westland Lysander, 1941. British army liaison aircraft made by Westland Aircraft, used before and during the Second World War

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Bomb disposal unit in action

Bomb disposal unit in action
The Royal Engineers bomb disposal unit in action in West London, 17 September 1940

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: A man and woman carrying out work on a steam hammer during WW2, 1942

A man and woman carrying out work on a steam hammer during WW2, 1942
A man and woman carrying out work on a steam hammer during WW2 in the GWR Swindon Works, 1942. The man is wearing a blacksmiths apron

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: General vasily chuikov, commander of 62nd army

General vasily chuikov, commander of 62nd army

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Mitsubishi A6M Zero aircraft, World War 2 C016 / 3818

Mitsubishi A6M Zero aircraft, World War 2 C016 / 3818
Mitsubishi A6M2 (Zero). US Air Force photograph of a test flight of a captured Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 (Zero). This aircraft was being refined

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Richard Todd in a production still image for The Dam Busters (1955)

Richard Todd in a production still image for The Dam Busters (1955)
Richard Todd as Wing Commander Guy Gibson in a portrait taken for Michael Andersons The Dam Busters (1955)

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: The 8th Army commander Bernard Law Montgomery, 1942. Artists: Sir John Alexander Hammerton, Unknown

The 8th Army commander Bernard Law Montgomery, 1942. Artists: Sir John Alexander Hammerton, Unknown
The 8th Army commander Bernard Law Montgomery, 1942. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887-1976), nicknamed Monty and the Spartan General

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Marshal georgy zhukov riding across red square, reviewing the troops

Marshal georgy zhukov riding across red square, reviewing the troops, prior to the victory parade on june 24, 1945

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Marshal georgy zhukov, hero of the soviet union, 1945

Marshal georgy zhukov, hero of the soviet union, 1945

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Swindon Works War Work, 22nd January 1942

Swindon Works War Work, 22nd January 1942
Female worker machining a 25 PDR shell on 22 January 1942. Munitions work issued by Ministry of Supply

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: RAF bomber pilot and second pilot, 1941

RAF bomber pilot and second pilot, 1941. Brave yet cautious, cool yet daring. From Bomber Command. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Lt, general vasili chuikov (2nd from left) giving an assignment to the commander of the 13th

Lt, general vasili chuikov (2nd from left) giving an assignment to the commander of the 13th guards rifle division, major general alexander rodimtsev (far right)

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: World war 2, senior sergeants v, mityoshina and n, zalko, former students of the moscow state

World war 2, senior sergeants v, mityoshina and n, zalko, former students of the moscow state theatrical institute have been at the front from the first days of the war

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Soviet Pe-2 bomber and pilot, 1944

Soviet Pe-2 bomber and pilot, 1944
Soviet Pe-2 bomber and pilot. The pilot, Grigory Pasynkov, held the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. Photographed in December 1944, in the St Petersburg region of Russia

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: 2011 Goodwood Revival, row of Spitfires

2011 Goodwood Revival, row of Spitfires
2011 Goodwood Revival Meeting, row of Spitfire Aircraft

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: US 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604 at Paddington Station, 1942

US 2-8-0 tender locomotive No. 1604 at Paddington Station, 1942
On December 11th 1942, for the very first time, an American built locomotive steamed into Paddington Station. Acute shortages of locomotives on the GW network due to locomotives being sent overseas

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: U.s locomotive No. 1604 at Swindon Works in December 1942

U.s locomotive No. 1604 at Swindon Works in December 1942
U.S locomotive, No. 1604 is photographed here at Swindon Works in December 1942. Many of the American engines that were shipped to Britain were actually on their way to service on the continent

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Daily Mail Front page 10th June 1944, reporting the progress of the D-Day landings

Daily Mail Front page 10th June 1944, reporting the progress of the D-Day landings
Daily Mail Front page of June 10th 1944, reporting the progress of the D-Day landings

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939

Evacuees at Paddington Station in 1939
This moving image of evacuees making their way along platform 4 at Paddington Station was also taken during the 4 day evacuation of London and other major cities in September 1939

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: AI IMAGE - Portrait of Alan Turing, 1950s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images

AI IMAGE - Portrait of Alan Turing, 1950s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Portrait of Alan Turing, 1950s, (2023). British mathematician, logician and code breaker Alan Turing (1912-1954) joined the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Bomb damage to locomotives at Newton Abbot Station, 1940

Bomb damage to locomotives at Newton Abbot Station, 1940
On 20th August 1940 Newton Abbot Station was attacked by three German planes. This image shows the devastation that was caused by both bomb damage and extensive machine gun fire

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Daily Mail Front Page 9th June 1944, reporting the progress of the D-Day landings

Daily Mail Front Page 9th June 1944, reporting the progress of the D-Day landings

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Mogul locomotive No. 8314 with bomb damage in 1941

Mogul locomotive No. 8314 with bomb damage in 1941
A 4300 Mogul locomotive, No. 8314, lies amongst the debris following an air raid in Weymouth on 17th January 1941. Star Class locomotive, Princess Charlotte

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Life in the W. A. A. F. 1940

Life in the W. A. A. F. 1940
Life in the W.A.A.F. 1940. From Life in the W.A.A.F. booklet on the Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WaF), in Tucks Better Little Book series

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist dictator, c1930s

Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist dictator, c1930s
Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) Italian fascist dictator, often refered to as Il Duce addressing fascist youths on the occasion of the calling up of the conscripts of the 1911 class, about 560

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Child evacuees on Maidenhead station, 1939

Child evacuees on Maidenhead station, 1939
An image of a group of child evacuees from the East End of London on Maidenhead station in Berkshire in 1939

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: '... Meanwhile, in Britain, the entire population faced by the threat of invasion

"... Meanwhile, in Britain, the entire population faced by the threat of invasion
7168495 "... Meanwhile, in Britain, the entire population faced by the threat of invasion, has been flung into a state of complete panic

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Women workers in the Permanent Way Dept at Reading, 1943

Women workers in the Permanent Way Dept at Reading, 1943
Three ladies from the Permanent Way Department are pictured here at Reading in April 1943 off-loading wooden blocks from a wagon

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c. 1942

Workers riveting a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop c. 1942
In this image taken at Swindon Works sometime during the latter half of the war, three women are shown working on the riveting of a locomotive boiler in V Boiler Shop

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: USA S160 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1606 coupled to an ambulance train, 1942

USA S160 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1606 coupled to an ambulance train, 1942
Once the USA joined the war following the bombing of Pearl Harbour in December 1941 the GWR became involved in the provision of rolling stock for use by the American Army

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Tanks being loaded onto Rectank flat wagons, c. 1940

Tanks being loaded onto Rectank flat wagons, c. 1940
Three tanks are being loaded onto Rectank flat wagons which were designed and built specifically for the movement of military vehicles by rail

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Siphon G Wagon converted to ward car No. 3209 in 1943

Siphon G Wagon converted to ward car No. 3209 in 1943
By the spring of 1940 Britains railway companies had supplied 25 ambulance trains for use both at home and abroad. In September 1942 the government ordered a further 27 ambulance trains

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: GWR fire brigade at Paddington Station taking part in a drill, c. 1940

GWR fire brigade at Paddington Station taking part in a drill, c. 1940
This image shows members of the GWR fire brigade at Paddington Station taking part in a drill. Training was an important part of fire fighting and kept employees prepared in case of an emergency

Background imageWorld War 2 Collection: Bomb Damage at Royal Oak near Paddington c. 1940

Bomb Damage at Royal Oak near Paddington c. 1940
Bomb damage to stations was inevitable after the sustained air attacks by the German Luftwaffe in late 1940 and early 1941



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"World War II: A Glimpse into the Triumphs and Struggles of a Global Conflict" St. Paul's Survives: Amidst the chaos, London's iconic cathedral stands tall as a symbol of resilience during World War II. Winston Churchill's V for Victory Sign, 1942: The indomitable leader inspires hope with his iconic hand gesture, rallying nations against tyranny. Red Army Soldiers Raise Soviet Flag over Reichstag in Berlin, Germany, April 30, 1945: A powerful image captured by Vladimir Grebnev marks the end of Nazi rule and victory for the Allies. USA B-17 Bomber Aircraft Cockpit in Salinas, California: The nerve center where brave pilots embarked on perilous missions to secure freedom from above. The Renown, Ark Royal, and Sheffield c1939-1941 (1942): Unknown creators immortalize these mighty warships that played crucial roles in naval battles across oceans. Lancaster Bomber with Spitfire Fighter Planes at Goodwood Revival 2011: An awe-inspiring sight showcasing aerial prowess and teamwork during wartime aviation operations. Westland Lysander 1941: This mysterious aircraft served valiantly behind enemy lines as part of covert operations throughout World War II. LMS Coach No. 6204 Converted to an Ambulance Train Car in 1939: Witnessing humanity amidst conflict as medical personnel transformed trains into lifelines for wounded soldiers. Runway Perspective (Eric Ravilious) - 1941 (1944): Artist Eric Ravilious captures the essence of airfields where bravery took flight and dreams soared towards victory. Bomb Disposal Unit in Action: Unsung heroes risked their lives daily to defuse deadly explosives left behind by enemy forces—a testament to courage under fire. The 8th Army Commander Bernard Law Montgomery, 1942.