Classic cars lost in WW2 found at bottom of sea

Classic British vehicles that were lost when the cargo vessel carrying them was sunk in the Second World War have been discovered at the bottom of the Red Sea

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British Merchant Navy ship the SS Thistlegorm – an 128-metre-long vessel – has lain 30m beneath the sea for 73 years, the Daily Mail reports. Still contained within the rusting cargo hold is a wide range of military vehicles that were being transported by the ship from Glasgow to Alexandria, Egypt. The ship was bombed by two German planes in 1941.

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A Tudor-Stewart marriage: oak chest wedding gift for James IV and Margaret Tudor discovered

A 500-year-old chest owned by an amateur collector of early furniture has been identified as a wedding gift commissioned for the marriage of James IV and Margaret Tudor. The oak chest was recently acquired by Aidan Harrison, who noticed carvings that led him to suspect it related to the 1503 wedding – one of the most pivotal moments in Scottish/English history. The chest features the famous love knot that came to symbolise the union. Aidan took his initial research to leading art historian Professor Jane Geddes from the University of Aberdeen, who confirmed its provenance.

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Building of Stonehenge voted historical event Brits would most like to witness

The building of Stonehenge has been voted the historical event that people would most like to travel back in time to witness. In a poll taken by English Heritage, 47 per cent said they wished they had been there to see the lifting into place of the enormous stones at Stonehenge around 5,000 years ago. This was followed by the masterminding of the evacuation of British soldiers from the Dunkirk beaches during the Second World War, and Roman soldiers patrolling Hadrian’s Wall.

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‘Fighting on the eastern front was just as fierce as on the western’

A historian has drawn attention to the chaos and destruction witnessed on the eastern front during the First World War. Dr Prit Buttar argues that although the fighting that raged in the east was just as fierce as that on the western front, and casualties were every bit as heavy, the battles between Russia, Austria-Hungary and Germany do not hold the same recognition. In Collision of Empires, the first in a trilogy covering the entirety of the war in the east, Buttar recalls the events of the first year of the war. Writing for History Extra, he reveals 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the eastern front in 1914.

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WW2 air raid shelter discovered in school still has functioning light system

A Second World War air raid shelter buried for more than 70 years has been discovered at a primary school. The Anderson shelter was unearthed by a pupil taking part in an activity at Stoke Community Primary School in Medway, Kent, the Daily Mail reports. The shelter is so well preserved that the light bulb is still working. It’s thought the shelter was used during the Blitz by pupils at the school and local villagers from nearby Lower Stoke. The school now plans to restore the shelter so it can be used for hands-on lessons about the Second World War.

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