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"Remembering the resilience and triumphs of WWII" St. Paul's Survives: A symbol of hope amidst destruction, St. Paul's Cathedral stands tall against the ravages of war

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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 imageWwii Collection: USA, B-17 Bomber Aircraft, Cockpit, Salinas, California

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

Background imageWwii Collection: Scene of devastation after flying bomb attack, WW2

Scene of devastation after flying bomb attack, WW2
A panoramic daytime scene of devastation following a flying bomb attack in London during the latter stages of the Second World War. Rescue workers look for buried casualties

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii Collection: Spitfire P7350, flies alongside Hurricane LF363

Spitfire P7350, flies alongside Hurricane LF363
Spitfire P7350 (front) flies alongside Hurricane LF363 (back). P7350 (Mk IIa) is the oldest airworthy Spitfire in the world

Background imageWwii Collection: North Sheffield marked with bombing targets, c. 1940

North Sheffield marked with bombing targets, c. 1940
Full title: Ordnance Survey map of north Sheffield copied by the Germans, and marked with bombing targets, c. 1940 Original at Sheffield Libraries: y06718

Background imageWwii Collection: Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London in WWII LFB150

Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London in WWII LFB150
Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London -- in the early hours of the morning, after a night of bombing

Background imageWwii Collection: Bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, WW2

Bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, WW2
Panoramic view of extensive bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, 14 November 1944, with ambulances ready to remove casualties from the scene

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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 imageWwii Collection: Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2

Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2
Panoramic view of extensive bomb damage and a crater in Petherton Road, North London, 2 July 1944. A salvage operation took place, pumping out flooded basements

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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 imageWwii Collection: WWII: POSTER, c1943. Attack with me says Potato Pete. Lithograph, c1943

WWII: POSTER, c1943. Attack with me says Potato Pete. Lithograph, c1943

Background imageWwii Collection: Vintage World War II poster featuring a fedora and an Army helmet

Vintage World War II poster featuring a fedora and an Army helmet. It reads: The more you keep information under your hat - the safer heall be under his! Careless Talk Costs Lives

Background imageWwii Collection: British Army Captain Chris Goddard, left, and Cpl Gary Fisher check out the Second

British Army Captain Chris Goddard, left, and Cpl Gary Fisher check out the Second World War German bomb they had just made safe on a building site beside Tower Bridge, London

Background imageWwii Collection: Bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, WW2

Bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, WW2
Panoramic view of bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, 18 November 1944. Rubble and debris can be seen on both sides of the road

Background imageWwii Collection: Blitz in London -- ambulance at Ladywell, Lewisham, WW2

Blitz in London -- ambulance at Ladywell, Lewisham, WW2
Blitz in London -- an ambulance and rescue workers in the Ladywell area of Lewisham, SE13, where houses were demolished by a parachute bomb, 18 September 1940

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii Collection: Tuskegee airmen flying near the Alps in their P-51 Mustangs

Tuskegee airmen flying near the Alps in their P-51 Mustangs
Tuskegee airmen of the 332nd fighter group flying near the Alps in their P-51 Mustangs

Background imageWwii Collection: American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

American Cemetery, Omaha Beach
France, Normandy. White crosses at Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii Collection: AFS women training, Highgate, London, WW2

AFS women training, Highgate, London, WW2
AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) women training in Highgate, North London, in July 1942

Background imageWwii Collection: Blitz in London -- Balham High Road, WW2

Blitz in London -- Balham High Road, WW2
Blitz in London -- a bus in a bomb crater over an underground station in Balham High Road, SW London, 14 October 1940

Background imageWwii Collection: Blitz in Plymouth -- St Andrews Parish Church, WW2

Blitz in Plymouth -- St Andrews Parish Church, WW2
Blitz in Plymouth -- the smouldering remains of St Andrews Parish Church, bombed and badly damaged in March 1941. The church was restored, and reconsecrated in November 1957

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii Collection: Machine shop, H. T. P. Motors Ltd. Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. 1941

Machine shop, H. T. P. Motors Ltd. Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. 1941
Workers in the aircraft component repair department during the Second World War. The workers are thought to be making parts for aircraft wings, probably for Spitfires, in what was the H.T.P

Background imageWwii Collection: A Supermarine Spitfire Mk-18 in flight

A Supermarine Spitfire Mk-18 in flight near West Chester County, Pennsylvania

Background imageWwii Collection: A U. S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft

A U. S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft
1940s - A U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft sits on an airfield between missions

Background imageWwii Collection: Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, WW2

Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, WW2
Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, with firefighter and hose

Background imageWwii Collection: Blitz in London - AFS firefighter, WW2

Blitz in London - AFS firefighter, WW2
Blitz in London - a smiling AFS firefighter, a former Smithfield meat porter named Eddie

Background imageWwii Collection: Blitz in London -- AFS firefighter on ladder, WW2

Blitz in London -- AFS firefighter on ladder, WW2
Blitz in London -- an AFS firefighter on a ladder with hose attached, in a training exercise at HQ

Background imageWwii Collection: Women dispatch riders in training, WW2

Women dispatch riders in training, WW2
Women dispatch riders in training during the Second World War

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii Collection: A P-51 Mustang flies alongside a B-17 Flying Fortress

A P-51 Mustang flies alongside a B-17 Flying Fortress
A P-51 Mustang flies along the Mississippi in formation with a B-17 Flying Fortress at Dubuque, Iowa

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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 imageWwii Collection: 1940s style Navy pin-up girl posing with a vintage Corsair aircraft

1940s style Navy pin-up girl posing with a vintage Corsair aircraft
Beautiful 1940s style Navy pin-up girl posing with a vintage Corsair aircraft

Background imageWwii Collection: The Great Hall Norwich, 1942 a42_03739

The Great Hall Norwich, 1942 a42_03739
The Great Hall, Oak Street, Norwich, Norfolk. The interior of a first floor room in The Great Hall at Flowerpot Yard showing bomb damage

Background imageWwii Collection: Oak Street Norwich, 1942 a42_03736

Oak Street Norwich, 1942 a42_03736
Oak Street, Norwich, Norfolk. The houses at 110 to 98 Oak Street showing bomb damage

Background imageWwii 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 imageWwii 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



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"Remembering the resilience and triumphs of WWII" St. Paul's Survives: A symbol of hope amidst destruction, St. Paul's Cathedral stands tall against the ravages of war. Winston Churchill's V for Victory: In 1942, Winston Churchill confidently flashes his iconic V sign, inspiring a nation to persevere in the face of adversity. Bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath: Witnessing the scars left by war on our streets serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made during WWII. USA, B-17 Bomber Aircraft Cockpit: The brave pilots who manned these cockpits played a crucial role in turning the tide of World War II. Kilgour Road's Battle Scars: Traces of devastation remain etched into Kilgour Road, serving as a testament to Londoners' endurance during wartime. The Renown, Ark Royal & Sheffield: These mighty vessels epitomize Britain's naval strength and determination during WWII (c1939-1941). Potato Pete Calls for Action: A powerful poster from 1943 featuring Potato Pete rallies support for victory with an infectious spirit. Westland Lysander Takes Flight: This versatile aircraft played vital roles in covert operations throughout World War II (1941). Vintage Poster - Fedora and Army Helmet Unite: An evocative image that reminds us how individuals from all walks of life came together to defend freedom during WWII. Firefighters Standing Strong During Blitz: Brave firefighters stand ready to protect their city against relentless bombings during London’s darkest days (LFB150). Ambulance at Ladywell - Lifeline Amidst Chaos:The sight of ambulances rushing through London streets showcases unwavering dedication towards saving lives amidst the chaos brought by Blitz attacks in WW2. St Andrews Parish Church Rises Above Blitz: A symbol of resilience, St.