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  • A composite graphic featuring various artworks, used as the promotional image used for the ‘Art Produced During Times of Conflict’ event
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    Blog: Museum

    Reflecting on my time as a Partnerships assistant at IWM

    Partnerships Assistant Oliver Scurrah reflects on his time at IWM.
  • © IWM COL 168 Grenadiers march past a Russian church on the Eastern Front, probably Spring 1942. Photograph taken by German Kriegsberichter (War Correspondents) of a Propagandakompanie (Propaganda Company) and published in 1942 for the OKW (German Forces High Command) by Förster und Borries in Zwickau, Germany.
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    Blog: Research

    Victory Through Faith – the Political Activation of the Wehrmacht

    As the tide of the Second World War changed decisively against Nazi Germany, the Reich Propaganda Ministry and the military believed that the war could still be won if the ultimate weapon was deployed – the fanatical belief in the ideology of the Third Reich. German researcher and journalist Katherine Quinlan-Flatter shares insights from her research into this secret scheme.
  • An RAF football match played in Italy between two teams of airmen. Mount Vesuvius is visible in the distance behind the goal made of camouflage netting.
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    Blog: Photography

    IWM and me - Exploring IWM photographs from the Second World War

    In this blog, I provide an insight into contributing to Imperial War Museums’ War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network, through the government funded Kickstart Scheme. I share my reflections on exploring IWM's photography collection, and some tips you might find useful for researching the IWM Collections webpage.
  • Students from Eden Girls Waltham Forest interview one of the community participants.
    Students from Eden Girls Waltham Forest interview one of the community participants. Image courtesy of British Future.
    Blog: Britain And The Commonwealth Since 1945

    Remember Together – how history can unite as well as divide us: Part Two

    Britain’s history, and the ways in which we commemorate it today, is often presented as a battleground. Yet the findings from a pilot project conducted with two secondary schools, featured in Part One of this blog post in 2021, offers a possible route through these choppy waters. Steve Ballinger, Director of Communications at British Future, shares findings from the Remember Together project.
  • Visitors exploring the Second World War exhibition
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    Blog: IWM

    IWM and me – reflecting on my kickstart journey so far

    In this blog, I provide an insight into working alongside Imperial War Museums’ Second World War and Holocaust Partnerships Programme through the government funded Kickstart Scheme. I offer a detailed account of my visit to the recently opened Second World War and the Holocaust Galleries at IWM London – and consider my next steps once my time with this programme is over.
  • Supermarine Spitfire Mark IIA, P7895 'RN-N', of No 72 Squadron, based at Acklington, Northumberland, in flight over the coast, piloted by Flight Lieutenant R Deacon Elliot, April 1941.
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    Blog: 1940s

    Myth, cultural memory and film: A study of Second World War aircraft in cinema

    How would you respond if you were to be asked about aeroplanes in the Second World War? Perhaps by referring to a war film like The Dam Busters? Adam Kilgour, a recent Multimedia Journalism graduate volunteering with the IWM War Memorial Register, shares insights from his thesis looking at the Second World War narratives told in film.
  • Red jumper belonging to Anita Lasker-Wallfisch.
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    Blog: Holocaust

    A personal story from the Holocaust

    Clare Lawlor, from IWM’s Public Engagement and Learning team, shares the story of a red jumper that makes up part of the new Holocaust Galleries at IWM London. She explains what this simple artefact can tell us about a young woman’s experiences during the Holocaust.
  • Tanks disembark at the port of Oslo
    Blog: 1940s

    One Story, Different Voices: the Norwegian Campaign, 1940

    Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of neutral Denmark and Norway, took place between April 9 and June 10, 1940. Weserübung was referred to as “the military measures for the protection of the neutrality of Denmark and Norway”. Katherine Quinlan-Flatter, journalist and historian, shares some of her research into how German newspapers during the Second World War reported the Norwegian campaign in 1940.
  • Still from trailer for COI 75: Armed Forces training and recruitment films
    Still from trailer for COI 75: Armed Forces training and recruitment films
    Blog: Cold War

    COI 75: Armed Forces training and recruitment films

    Travel the world and take a trip back in time with this colourful trailer highlighting rarely seen and oft-sun-soaked Central Office of Information films, newly digitised thanks to IWMs five-year preservation project Digital Futures. Shared across The National Archives and the British Film Institute’s social media platforms, as well as IWM's digital platforms, this trailer is part of this year's cross-collections collaborative project ‘COI 75’ (#COI75, #Collections United).
  • IWM HU 8967 A Jewish woman is forced to sweep the streets of Riga, Latvia, after its fall to the Germans, 22 August 1941. From late July, Jews in Latvia were ordered to wear a Star of David on their chest.
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    Blog: Holocaust

    Operation Barbarossa: the German Invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941 - Part Two

    Eighty years ago this year, on 22 June 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa). The aim was to win Lebensraum ('living space') in the East, and was to be a ‘war of annihilation’ targeting the Jews and Roma living there. By the end of 1942, at least 1.1 million Jewish men, women and children had been murdered in mass shootings. IWM Curator Lauren Willmott shares details about how these events are represented in the new Holocaust Galleries at IWM London.
  • A Panzerbefehlswagen Ausf H (Panzer III) command tank and motorcycles of General Guderian's 2nd Panzer Group during Operation Barbarossa, summer 1941.
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    Blog: Second World War

    Operation Barbarossa: the German invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941 - Part One

    On 18 December 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered Operation Barbarossa, Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union to win Lebensraum ('living space') in the East and to destroy Jewish Bolshevism. The campaign began on 22 June 1941, and caused millions of military and civilian casualties. German historian and journalist Katherine Quinlan-Flatter talks about the first few weeks of the campaign as reported in the German newspapers of the time, and its impact on German life.
  • Spitfire sculpture in the exhibition.
    Spitfire sculpture in the exhibition.
    Blog: Art And Design

    Art of the Second World War: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

    IWM is working with four partners to share art from our collections and explore different perspectives on the Second World War, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Artist Anthony Padgett worked with one of our partners, The Harris in Preston, to create a new sculpture based on the stories of local people.