Permanent

IWM London

Free exhibition

Explore key moments of the Second World War through people’s lives and the objects on display. Discover the role of strategic bombing and the fighting fronts in Russia and Africa, through to the D-Day landings.

WAR ON THE WAY

Trunk belonging to Leonard and Clara Wohl
Trunk belonging to Leonard and Clara Wohl © EPH (2472)

WAR ON THE WAY

Facing growing persecution as Jews, Leonhard and Clara Wohl felt they had to get out of Germany. Their daughters had already reached Britain safely.

In the summer of 1939 the Wohls booked tickets to Chile, sending their belongings ahead, some in this trunk. Two weeks before they hoped to leave war broke out, trapping them in Germany and the couple later died in Auschwitz. Only their belongings survived, reaching their daughters in Britain in 1947.

This is one of many personal stories and objects on display in Turning Points.

WAR IN THE PACIFIC

Japanese Mitsubishi Zero fighter plane on display in the Turning Points gallery
Mitsubishi Zero A6M3 fighter © IWM (2010.220.2)

WAR IN THE PACIFIC

The Mitsubishi A6M fighter (the Zero) was flown by the Imperial Japanese Navy and feared by Allied pilots early in the war. 

Badly damaged in 1943 during combat over the remote Marshall Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, it was left a decaying wreck until found 50 years after the end of the Second World War.

Under the suffocating cover of the tropical jungle, large pieces of the Zero disappeared. But what survived offers tantalising clues of its vanished history: a British bullet lodged in the fuselage and a dried Lotus flower, carried by Japanese pilots for luck.


Don’t miss the newly installed Japanese Okha Kamikaze aircraft in Witnesses to War.

The Second World War

Bad weather and strong German resistance hindered the British 3rd Division’s assault on Sword beach.
D-Day
Powerful Colour Footage of the Beaches after D-Day
This rare colour footage shows Gold Beach on 7 June 1944.
Infantry ride on Sherman tanks in Holland, 24 September 1944.
Second World War
A Quick Guide To The War In Europe During The Second World War
The Second World War engulfed the people of many countries in Europe. The conflict saw devastating battles, widespread destruction and an unprecedented industrial genocide. Its repercussions continue to be felt today.

COMING SOON: Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries

V-1 flying bomb moved

COMING SOON: Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries

The Second World War and the Holocaust will soon pass out of living memory, leaving us without the first-hand testimony of veterans, eyewitnesses and survivors.

This autumn, IWM will unveil its ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries.

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