Tuesday 17 March 2020

We'll Meet Again

Doreen Bacchus, a Land Army girl, standing on top of some tree trunks on a pull wagon.
© IWM (TR 908)

We'll Meet Again

In line with advice from Public Health England, IWM has taken the decision to close all of its sites until further notice.

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Troops of the US 7th Corps wading ashore on Utah Beach.
IWM (EA 51048)
Second World War
The 10 Things you Need to Know about D-Day
On D-Day, 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. Codenamed Operation 'Overlord', the Allied landings on the Normandy beaches marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.
A Lewis gunner of the 6th Battalion, the York and Lancaster Regiment with the Regiment's cat mascot, in a trench near Cambrin, 6 February 1918.
© IWM (Q 8463)
First World War
15 Animals That Went To War
Over 16 million animals served in the First World War. They were used for transport, communication and companionship. Horses, donkeys, mules and camels carried food, water, ammunition and medical supplies to men at the front, and dogs and pigeons carried messages. 
Circus elephants Kiri and Many moving a wrecked car from a bombed out garage in Hamburg.
Second World War
Unbelievable Images From Weird War Two
False feet, the painted cows of Essex and an inflatable tank are just some of the peculiar pictures featured in a new book called Weird War Two; the eccentric encylopaedia of over 250 colour and black and white images exploring the some of the more unconventional objects from IWM's archives from the Second World War. 

Delve in to our art collection

A series of figures, with only their heads and shoulders visible, are gathered together at a dockside with a warship recently returned from the Falklands looming over them in the background. There is a coffin covered with a British Union Jack flag amongst them, juxtaposed with the hands of some of the figures making victory signs. In the centre, a soldier and a woman kiss and embrace after being reunited. They are surrounded by the heads of eight other people.
With Singing Hearts and Throaty Roarings, 1983, by Jock McFadyen. © The artist.
Art And Design
8 Powerful Works From Our Contemporary Art Collection
Since the mid 1970s IWM has collected and commissioned contemporary artists' personal, political and conceptual responses to conflict. This has resulted in a diverse and challenging collection of artwork, the highlights of which are brought together in a new book, Art from Contemporary Conflict.
a Greek flour mill stands on a cliff in the right foreground overlooking a large
© IWM (Art.IWM ART 2451)
This Able Seaman Produced Incredible Drawings Of The Gallipoli Campaign
On 18 March 1915, a powerful naval force of British and French ships failed spectacularly in an attempt to force its way through the Dardanelles and threaten the Turkish capital, Constantinople (Istanbul). A decision was therefore taken to supress the Dardanelles defences by landing soldiers on the Gallipoli peninsula before making another attempt.
A Royal Air Force anniversary parade taking place directly outside Buckingham Palace. Columns of RAF personnel in blue uniform march from left to right. They are watched by fellow RAF personnel and British soldiers in the foreground and by a mixture of civilians and military personnel standing in front of the palace gates.
Battle of Britain Anniversary, 1943: RAF Parade at Buckingham Palace, 1943, by Charles Cundall.
Battle of Britain
7 Artworks Of The Battle Of Britain
As the Battle of Britain raged in the skies over Britain in the summer of 1940, a range of British artists were quick to record and interpret this vital event. Their work was commissioned or purchased by the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC), the body that oversaw the British official war art scheme of the Second World War.

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