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"Remembering the Valor and Sacrifice: A Glimpse into World War II" Amidst the devastation, Holland House library stands tall after an air raid

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456

Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456
HOLLAND HOUSE, Kensington, London. An interior view of the bombed library at Holland House with readers apparently choosing books regardless of the damage. Photographed in 1940

Background imageWw 2 Collection: D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach

D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach
British and Canadian 3rd Division troops land at Juno Beach. D-Day began on June 6th, 1944 at 6:30am and was conducted in two assault phases - the air assault landing of allied troops followed by an

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Recruitment poster, Join the Royal Artillery

Recruitment poster, Join the Royal Artillery and know the pride of being a gunner. 1940s

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Churchills praise for RAF Pilots

Churchills praise for RAF Pilots
" Never was so much owed by so many to so few" - Prime Minister Winston Churchill from a speech made on 20th August 1940

Background imageWw 2 Collection: T class Submarine

T class Submarine
Inside a British submarine: complex details of the craft in which our underwater crews live and fight. A sectional view of a boat of the T class, showing how machinery, torpedoes

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Royal Navy Battlecruiser HMS Hood

Royal Navy Battlecruiser HMS Hood, sunk by the German Battleship Bismarck at the Battle of Denmark Strait on 24th May 1941. Named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood (1724-1816)

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Tempest aeroplanes

Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Tempest aeroplanes
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. 1, Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb, and Hawker Tempest aeroplanes, all in camouflage paint. 1940s

Background imageWw 2 Collection: The Sinking of the Bismarck

The Sinking of the Bismarck
The sinking of the German Battleship Bismarck. In response to sinking the HMS Hood, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the order to " Sink the Bismarck"

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Poster: Save kitchen scraps to feed the hens

Poster: Save kitchen scraps to feed the hens! Keep it dry, free from glass, metal, bones, paper, etc. It also feeds pigs. Your council will collect. 1940s

Background imageWw 2 Collection: HMS Suffolk

HMS Suffolk, heavy cruiser, the ship that shadowed the Bismarck by maintaining radar contact from the evening of 23rd May 1941 for 31 long hours until the early morning of 25th May

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Bismarck battleship

Bismarck battleship
Bismarck, German battleship Date: 1941

Background imageWw 2 Collection: H. M. S. Glowworm ramming the Admiral Hipper

H. M. S. Glowworm ramming the Admiral Hipper
The 1345-ton destroyer Glowworm ramming the 10, 000-ton German cruiser Hipper after a single-handed duel at point-blank range

Background imageWw 2 Collection: RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2

RAF Poster, Back Them Up! WW2
RAF Poster, Back Them Up!, showing a British Spitfire shooting down a German bomber during the Second World War. 1940s

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Recruitment poster for the Corps of Military Police

Recruitment poster for the Corps of Military Police - Second World War. circa 1940

Background imageWw 2 Collection: D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach

D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach
American assault troops prepare to disembark their landing craft as it approaches the beach head, Omaha Beach. The smoke visible in the background attests to the massive naval artillery assault

Background imageWw 2 Collection: HMS Hood, British battlecruiser

HMS Hood, British battlecruiser
HMS Hood, a British Admiral-class battlecruiser, launched 1918, served before and during the Second World War, sunk 24 May 1941. Seen here from above. Date: 20th century

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Britains Sea Power Is Yours

Britains Sea Power Is Yours
World War Two propaganda poster for the Royal Navy - Britains Sea Power Is Yours - depicting a British submarine crew at action stations during an attack

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Together Poster

Together Poster, showing the armed forces of the British Empire marching together

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Westland Whirlwind aeroplanes

Westland Whirlwind aeroplanes
Westland Aircraft Ltd, Whirlwind aeroplanes, mostly in camouflage colours. 1940s

Background imageWw 2 Collection: French poster from General de Gaulle, WW2

French poster from General de Gaulle, WW2
A French poster with a message to all French people from General Charles de Gaulle, based in London during the Second World War. France has lost one battle, but France has not lost the war

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Propaganda poster for the RAF

Propaganda poster for the RAF during World War Two. Victory of the Allies is assured. Intensive bombing of Germanys war industries continues

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Back Them Up

Back Them Up! World War Two poster issued by HMSO (Her Majestys Stationery Office) featuring RAF Spitfires chasing and downing German fighter aircraft

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Lancaster I (4-Merlin) Bomber

Lancaster I (4-Merlin) Bomber, seen from three different angles. 1942

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Wartime poster of Churchills famous words

Wartime poster of Churchills famous words: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few, referring to the pilots of the Royal Air Force, fighting the Battle of Britain

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Harrogate Ladies College

Harrogate Ladies College
A girls school in a castle: Harrogate Colleges pleasant retreat at Lord Swintons residence near Ripon, Yorkshire at the beginning of World War II

Background imageWw 2 Collection: HMS Barham, British battleship, Scapa Flow

HMS Barham, British battleship, Scapa Flow
HMS Barham, a Queen Elizabeth class battleship, launched 1914, served during the First and Second World Wars, sunk by a German U-boat 1941. Seen here with the Fleet in Scapa Flow, Scotland

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Wings For Victory

Wings For Victory More Savings - More Wings. Poster encouraging Britains to save money, aiding the war effort, specificially in the construction of new Lancaster Bomber aircraft for the RAF

Background imageWw 2 Collection: British aircraft camouflage, 1941

British aircraft camouflage, 1941
British aircraft camouflage, showing how the colours appear to merge into their surroundings, 1941. Date: 1941. Aircraft include Blenheim Bomber, Hudson Bomber, Wellington Bomber, Skua Bomber

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Woman 1940s UK navy women at war WW2 magazines

Woman 1940s UK navy women at war WW2 magazines

Background imageWw 2 Collection: D-Day - Supplies pour ashore

D-Day - Supplies pour ashore
A stunning panorama photograph of a French invasion beach with the channel waters thick with US military shipping, as reinforcements

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Womens Land Army poster

Womens Land Army poster
Recruiting poster for the Womens Land Army during World War Two - Be in the Winning Team, Join the Womens Land Army - featuring a smiling land army girl leading two farm horses

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Parachute Regiment - Sergeant - 6th Airborne Division

Parachute Regiment - Sergeant - 6th Airborne Division

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Home Front - The Royal Navy

Home Front - The Royal Navy, The Difficult we can do at once The impossible may take longer Date: 1943

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Wartime poster, save bread, serve potatoes

Wartime poster, save bread, serve potatoes
Wartime poster encouraging people to save bread (and you save lives), serve potatoes (and you serve the country). Depicting a loaf of bread inside a lifebelt. 1940s

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Eternal Flame at Battle of Stalingrad Memorial

Eternal Flame at Battle of Stalingrad Memorial
Russia, Volgograd (Zaryzin, Stalingrad). Battle of Stalingrad Memorial at Mamajev Kurgan Hill. The Memorial Hall of Honour with the Eternal Flame. Date: 2010

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Gas proof pram, 1938

Gas proof pram, 1938. A resident of Hextable in Kent, invented a gas proof pram in which a baby could be kept safe during an air raid

Background imageWw 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 imageWw 2 Collection: Supermarine Type 350 Spitfire aeroplane

Supermarine Type 350 Spitfire aeroplane
Supermarine Type 350 Spitfire H.F. Mk. VI aeroplane in camouflage colours. 1940s

Background imageWw 2 Collection: The seat of a hero: Spitfire pilots cockpit, 1940

The seat of a hero: Spitfire pilots cockpit, 1940
The cockpit, with its amazing array of dials, is the epitome of intensive mechancial warfare of World War Two. Date: 1940

Background imageWw 2 Collection: HMS Norfolk, British heavy cruiser, WW2

HMS Norfolk, British heavy cruiser, WW2
HMS Norfolk, British County-class heavy cruiser, launched 1928, served throughout the Second World War, decommissioned 1950. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageWw 2 Collection: HMS Jervis Bay, armed merchant cruiser, WW2

HMS Jervis Bay, armed merchant cruiser, WW2
HMS Jervis Bay, an armed merchant cruiser which served during the Second World War. Launched 1922 (as a passenger ship), commissioned for war service 1939

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Italian recruitment poster, Second World War

Italian recruitment poster, Second World War, featuring two soldiers asking the viewer what they are doing for the war effort. 1940s

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09006

Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09006
HIGHGATE ROAD, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, West Midlands. Bomb damage photographed by James Nelson, 29th July 1942

Background imageWw 2 Collection: The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain
A circular painting depicting the brave men of the Royal Airforce on the ground and in action during the Battle of Briatin

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Chindits crossing the Great Chindwin River, Burma

Chindits crossing the Great Chindwin River, Burma
Chindits and their horses crossing the Great Chindwin River, Burma in light ferry boats, the horses alongside!

Background imageWw 2 Collection: Paddle steamer under arms CC80_00195

Paddle steamer under arms CC80_00195
DEPTFORD CREEK, LONDON. The paddle steamer Plinlimmon (formerly Cambrai) was hired by the Ministry of War transport in 1939

Background imageWw 2 Collection: St Brides Church, London 1941 BB69_02583

St Brides Church, London 1941 BB69_02583
FLEET STREET, London. St Brides Church was rebuilt to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren following the Great Fire of London

Background imageWw 2 Collection: St Sidwells Church, Exeter 1942 BB42_03938

St Sidwells Church, Exeter 1942 BB42_03938
EXETER, Devon.The remains of St Sidwells Church on Sidwell Street after bomb damage during the Exeter blitz, photographed by Margaret Tomlinson in 1942



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"Remembering the Valor and Sacrifice: A Glimpse into World War II" Amidst the devastation, Holland House library stands tall after an air raid, a symbol of resilience and determination. #WW2History The call to arms echoes through this recruitment poster, urging brave souls to join the Royal Artillery and defend our nation. #JoinTheFight Behold the mighty Royal Navy Battlecruiser HMS Hood, a formidable force that sailed fearlessly in the treacherous waters of WWII. #NavalPower The iconic Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Tempest planes soar through the skies, showcasing British aviation prowess during WW2. #AerialSupremacy Churchill's heartfelt praise for RAF pilots resonates even today as we honor their unwavering courage in defending our skies during WW2. Dive deep into history with a T class submarine - silent warriors beneath the waves who played a vital role in protecting our shores during WW2. Back Them Up. This powerful RAF poster reminds us of the crucial support needed by our brave men and women fighting on all fronts during WW2. Deception became an art form as we cunningly deceived invaders about tide conditions - a strategic move that turned tides against them in WW2. Every scrap counts. Save kitchen scraps to feed hens - a small act with significant impact on food production during rationed times in WW2. The Bismarck battleship looms large, representing both German naval might and Allied determination to overcome adversity during WW2. #HistoricalClash D-Day memories come alive as British & Canadian troops storm Juno Beach, marking one of history's most pivotal moments towards victory in WW2. H. M. S Glowworm's heroic sacrifice lives on; ramming Admiral Hipper showcased unwavering bravery of British sailors in the face of danger.