54 posts about World War Two on this blog
Monday 2 June 2014, 10:33
D-Day, 6 June 1944. Shortly before dawn, the greatest sea-borne armada in the history of the world anchored off northern France preparing to disembark thousands of American, British and Commonwealth troops onto five pre-ordained invasion beaches.
Thursday 5 December 2013, 10:22
The story of Arthur Owens, the Welshman who spied for both Germany and Britain before and during World War Two has become quite well known. His motives were always unclear and the web of intrigue that seemed to surround his various enterprises make him a fascinating character. But Owens was not the only...
Friday 5 July 2013, 14:30
Last October I received a request for help while appearing on BBC Radio Wales. It read: "How would you go about tracing an American GI from World War Two?"
Thursday 4 July 2013, 12:37
Nobody knows exactly how many GI babies were born but it is estimated to be in the thousands.
Monday 1 July 2013, 11:46
In all 136 fishing boats were lost during the Second World War, with over 900 trawlermen going to their deaths. And many of those men came from south Wales.
Monday 10 December 2012, 16:11
In April 1941, at the height of the German bombing offensive against Britain during World War Two, the small village of Cwmparc, just outside Treorchy, was subjected to a devastating bombing raid from the Luftwaffe.
Friday 9 November 2012, 15:35
Phil Carradice writes about the Welsh seaside town Penarth that has a number of unusual war memorials for the BBC Wales History blog.
Monday 3 September 2012, 16:18
By the beginning of 1943 there was a shortage of around 36,000 miners, many having gone into the armed forces or left the mines in order to take up better paid jobs in places such as munitions factories.
Wednesday 25 April 2012, 17:10
A short while ago I was on the BBC's The One Show. I can't quite believe that I can now write that sentence or even that I was there. It was all very exciting and in the end I wasn't nervous at all, which is quite surprising really since it was my first time doing live telly.
As I expected there was...
Tuesday 27 March 2012, 15:20
A national television advertisement for the National Lottery's Good Causes holds special significance for Cardiff war veteran Leslie Godwin.
Leslie is one of over 50,000 people who have made commemorative trips through the BIG Lottery Fund's Heroes Return scheme.
Sunday 4 March 2012, 15:00
Some of the most serious riots in British military history took place between 4 and 5 March 1919 in the Canadian Army Camp at Kinmel Park in North Wales.
Kinmel Park, just outside Abergele, was a transit camp for Canadians waiting to be repatriated...
Sunday 4 March 2012, 13:00
Many people consider the young Welsh poet and short story writer Alun Lewis, a man who died on active service in Burma in 1944, a far better writer than the more famous Dylan Thomas.
His body of work - two small poetry collections, two short books of prose - was not great and it is difficult to make...
Wednesday 15 February 2012, 08:30
Contrary to what many people believe, the west wales town of Pembroke Dock was never a naval town like Plymouth or Portsmouth. It was a dockyard town, a place that built ships, launched them into the waters of Milford Haven - and never saw them again once they had sailed off to duties in many other parts...
Friday 20 January 2012, 15:20
As National Holocaust Memorial Day approaches on Friday 27 January 2012, BBC Wales continues One Of Hitler's Mistakes, its compelling two-part documentary on the incredible life of Mady Gerrard.
An award-winning fashion designer to the rich and famous, including stars such as Shirley Bassey and Susan...
Monday 9 January 2012, 12:25
The Victoria Cross is the highest decoration available for men and women who have performed acts of great valour in the face of the enemy. Since it was introduced during the Crimean War, the medal has been awarded to just under 1,400 people but, surprisingly perhaps, only 39 of those individuals have...
Monday 12 December 2011, 14:42
The two islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm are well-known to residents of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Standing like sentinels guarding the eastern reaches of the Bristol Channel, Flat Holm, in particular, has a rich and varied history.
The first signs...
Friday 2 December 2011, 10:40
The National Library of Wales has been criticised by Heritage Minister Huw Lewis AM for accepting a bequest of £300,000 and archive material from a Frenchman, Louis Feutren, who served in the Waffen SS during World War Two.
The SS was a notorious paramilitary wing of Adolf Hitler's army, acting as...
Friday 11 November 2011, 08:19
Eyewitness accounts from those who lived through World War Two can provide valuable historical documents for subsequent generations.
Welsh Airman David Arthur Harries, from Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, tells how he survived a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Indonesia. In spite of witnessing instances...
Tuesday 1 November 2011, 10:29
BBC Wales News reports on the incredible secret life of 94-four-year-old Mair Russell Jones.
For over 50 years Mair kept quiet about her wartime work which helped to hasten the end of World War Two by anything up...
Friday 7 October 2011, 11:58
Fifty-three Welsh Italians perished on the SS Arandora Star in 1940. The liner was transporting German and Italian internees along with prisoners of war to internment camps in Canada.
The Arandora Star, which previously operated as a cruise ship, had been commandeered by the Admiralty...
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