To mark the anniversary, we've compiled some of our Second World War resources...
More than 75 years ago, the fate of World War II turned on five beaches in Normandy, France. ‘D-Day’ was the greatest amphibious invasion ever attempted. History remembers it as a great victory. But research reveals that on Omaha Beach, it was very nearly a disaster.Read now ❯Timewatch: Bloody Omaha
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Wartime Farm: Food In the World War
Some nations suffered harshly during the shortages of wartime - others adapted and managed to keep their populace well-fed. Explore our map to hear some of the stories.Take part now ❯Wartime Farm: Food In the World War
To what extent did Alan Turing influence the evolution of modern computing? The 20th Century mathematician is considered by many to be the father of computer science and many would argue that it is largely due to his research that we are able to read this text on a PC, laptop or smart phone. Aside from his contribution to maths and computing however, Turing’s influence impacted on a variety of fields including cryptanalysis and deciphering Nazi codes which helped to end World War 2. This collection examines Turing’s troubled personal life, the significance of his role at Bletchley Park, his ideas on artificial intelligence and finally examines what his legacy should be.Listen now ❯Alan Turing: Life and legacy
Track the key events in Adolf Hitler's life, including his childhood in Austria, his decisions as Fuehrer of Germany, his leadership in the Second World War, and his eventual suicide.Read now ❯Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline
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What is the evidence that King Edward VIII was a Nazi sympathiser?
Was Edward VIII a Nazi sympathiser? Damning evidence in the archives suggests he wanted England bombed to force an Anglo-German alliance?Read now ❯What is the evidence that King Edward VIII was a Nazi sympathiser?
Ian Kershaw, renowned as one of the leading experts on the Third Reich, unpicks the question of how history should view Adolf Hitler.Listen now ❯Ian Kershaw on Hitler's Place In History: The Lecture Podcast
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The Bletchley Park connection
The once-hidden connection between Asa Briggs, Mary Siepmann, Alan Turing and many others—an estate used by British codebreakers during the Second World War.Read now ❯The Bletchley Park connection
Commemoration – remembering and marking your past – makes an important contribution to our sense of community. This free course, History as commemoration, considers ways in which written texts, memorials, letters and photographs can all serve to commemorate events, people and values we wish to remember from our past.Learn more ❯History as commemoration