Second World War

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D-Day

The Normandy landings – aka D-Day – took place on 6 June 1944. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history…

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Pearl Harbor

On 7 December 1941, the deadly surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor sank or damaged 21 warships and destroyed more than 150 planes on nearby airfields; more than 2,000 Americans lost their lives

The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain, which took place between July and October 1940, was the first major military campaign in history to be fought entirely in the air. It was one of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War

The Battle of the Atlantic

In March 1941 Winston Churchill coined the phrase ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ to describe a campaign that had opened on 3 September 1939. That battle would not conclude until the last day of the war. It was the longest, and perhaps strangest, clash of the Second World War – one that would see British merchant seamen using kites and wire-carrying rockets in defence of their ships...