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15 October 2014
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There are 47,000 stories in the WW2 People's War archive. Browse through the categories below to find stories and photographs concerning major aspects of World War Two, and the locations where key events took place. Find out how these stories were categorised


United Kingdom [England, Scotland, Isle of Man]

World [Africa, Asia, Europe...]

Home Front

Bombing and the Blitz

The Blitz [2,911 stories]
V-1s and V-2s [424 stories]
Air Raids and Other Bombing [3,145 stories]
Anderson Shelters [72 stories]

Working Life

Land Army [225 stories]
Reserved Occupations [199 stories]
Nursing and Medicine [193 stories]
Working Through War [1,331 stories]

Domestic Life

Childhood and Evacuation [14,336 stories]
Family Life [3,203 stories]
Rationing [1,295 stories]
Love in Wartime [630 stories]
International Friendships [419 stories]
Arts, Entertainment and Media [205 stories]

Volunteer Organisations

Home Guard [292 stories]
Air Raid Precautions [181 stories]
Fire Duty [137 stories]
Women's Volunteer Groups [21 stories]

Conscientious Objectors [36 stories]


Armed Forces


British Army [6,364 stories]
Auxiliary Territorial Service [287 stories]


Royal Navy [2,570 stories]
Women's Royal Naval Service [103 stories]
Merchant Navy [258 stories]


Royal Air Force [2,895 stories]
Women's Auxiliary Air Force [308 stories]

Other Forces

Allied and Commonwealth Forces [376 stories]
Axis Forces [112 stories]

Medical Units [193 stories]

Special Operations and Intelligence [160 stories]

Weaponry and Equipment [245 stories]


Prisoners of War [987 stories]
Concentration Camps [48 stories]
Civilian Internment [95 stories]



Resistance and Occupation [225 stories]
Propaganda [22 stories]

Books, Diaries, Letters and Poetry

Books [367 books]

Diaries [196 diary entries]

Letters [246 letters]

Poetry [365 poems]

Key Events

Anzio Landings 1944 [56 stories]
Monte Cassino 1944 [30 stories]
D-Day+ 1944 [611 stories]
Arnhem 1944 [88 stories]
Battle of the Bulge & Rhine Crossings 1945 [64 stories]
End of War 1945 [300 stories]
Postwar Years [322 stories]

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