53 posts about World War Two on this blog
Monday 22 August 2011, 13:09
Stories about escaping from prisoner of war camps are legion. We all know about Colditz and the various other Stalag camps. And is there anyone out there who has not seen Steve McQueen try to jump that barbed wire on his motorbike in the film The Great Escape?
Thursday 4 August 2011, 14:59
This week saw a very special reunion at Iscoyd Park near Wrexham. Five women, all in their late 80s, gathered in north Wales to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their evacuation to the stately home during World War Two.
Wednesday 3 August 2011, 14:50
In the 1930s and 40s one west Wales town played host to the largest flying boat base the country had ever seen - maybe even the world. That town was Pembroke Dock and for nearly 30 years residents of the community woke each morning and went to bed at night with the deep throated roar of Pegasus engines...
Friday 1 July 2011, 11:48
When war broke out in September 1939, Cardiff docks constituted the biggest coal exporting port in the United Kingdom, maybe even the world.
Sitting on the flat coastal plain below the twin Rhondda valleys, Cardiff sent out a much greater tonnage of coal than any other British...
Wednesday 15 June 2011, 09:09
The North Wales coast has seen many shipping disasters over the years but none more tragic than the loss of the brand new submarine HMS "Thetis" in the summer of 1939. The submarine was on her maiden voyage and 99 men died when she sank in the waters of Liverpool Bay, just 15 miles to the east of Llandudno...
Wednesday 18 May 2011, 17:16
Arguably, children - more than any other section of society - should have been aware of the nation's preparations for war during the 1930s.
They watched the newsreel features, usually pushed in between the first and second features at the cinema, and read comics...
Thursday 12 May 2011, 16:09
The Battle of Britain Historical Society is to present a memorial plaque to Air Chief Marshall Sir Frederick Rosier at a ceremony at the Grove Park campus of the Yale College in Wrexham.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Frederick Rosier was one of 'the few' who served his country with...
Thursday 21 April 2011, 14:29
When war was declared against Germany on 3 September 1939, the children of Wales could have been excused for thinking that, whatever might happen in Poland or France, it would have little or no effect on them.
Wales was too far to the west to be greatly influenced...
Tuesday 12 April 2011, 10:46
The National Trust and the Menai Explorer Scouts are working together to map the remains of World War Two aircraft which crashed into the mountains of Snowdonia.
The scouts have already found an Avro Anson aircraft which came down on the Carneddau range in 1943.
Monday 7 March 2011, 14:59
Tuesday 8 March 2011 is a highly significant date. This is a global centenary, marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of International Women's Day (IWD).
This world-wide celebration of women's rights and, significantly, of the part that women play in society has been held since March 1911...
Friday 18 February 2011, 09:08
This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the Swansea Blitz. On 19 February 1941 the gentle calm of a quiet evening was smashed by the heavy and sustained bombing by the German Luftwaffe. The blitz lasted for three days.
Up to 70 enemy aircraft dropped some 35,000 incendiaries and 800 high explosive...
Thursday 10 February 2011, 10:24
The name Alfred Ernest Jones might mean very little to most people but, for some time, this enigmatic and fascinating man was the leader of the psychoanalytical movement in Britain and many years later was voted number 96 in the list of top 100 Welshmen of all time.
Perhaps more importantly, Ernest...
Wednesday 2 February 2011, 09:56
Think of it, the classic eccentric inventor, the man who designed and built a death ray and a sky projector for flashing messages onto the clouds - Batman or what? - and he's just moved into a house situated outside your home town.
Thursday 27 January 2011, 11:09
Ten years ago, 27 January was designated Holocaust Memorial Day. The date was chosen because on 27 January 1945 Soviet soldiers liberated the Auschwitz concentration camps.
More recent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur are also remembered on this date.
Last Sunday, Peter Baker talked...
Thursday 30 December 2010, 11:48
Of all the great characters in Welsh history - and there are many - none is more unusual, more fascinating and more downright bizarre than Evan Morgan, the last Viscount Tredegar.
Evan succeeded to the title in 1934 but by then his reputation for outlandish behaviour had been well established. Born...
Friday 3 December 2010, 14:22
BBC News has a fascinating article on how the body of a dead Welsh tramp was shipped to southern Spain as part of an audacious British plot to fool the Nazis during World War Two.
The plot, known as Operation Mincemeat was the brainchild of James Bond creator Ian Flemming.
Welshman Glyndwr Michael was...
Friday 12 November 2010, 14:03
As Remembrance Sunday approaches, the Big Lottery Fund continues to share with BBC Wales History the remarkable stories and memories of men and women in Wales who have fought in past wars.
One remarkable man is Dennis Whitcombe from Cwmbran in south Wales.
World-famous secret agent...
Wednesday 10 November 2010, 09:04
During World War Two, women across Britain were encouraged to do 'their bit' as part of the war effort.
Posters and campaigns were seen around the country asking women to "Join the Wrens and free a man for the fleet".
Members of the Women's Royal Navy Service (WRNS) were referred to fondly as 'Wrens...
Tuesday 19 October 2010, 14:04
The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea has been given a commemorative handkerchief from the 1893 Pontypridd Eisteddfod, which was found hidden in an abandoned house in Burma during World War Two.
Friday 15 October 2010, 15:02
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