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Two armourers of No 440 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, trudge through the mud of an airfield near Eindhoven to re-a...
08/01/2024

Two armourers of No 440 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, trudge through the mud of an airfield near Eindhoven to re-arm a Hawker Typhoon fighter-bomber, 1944.

© IWM CL 1598

A prisoner camp set up at Lahti, Finland, during the Finnish Civil War to house some 20,000 Red Guards. One of the many ...
07/01/2024

A prisoner camp set up at Lahti, Finland, during the Finnish Civil War to house some 20,000 Red Guards.

One of the many wars to erupt in the wake of the First World War, the Finnish Civil War pitted the conservative Whites, who wanted independence from Soviet Russia, against the socialist Reds who opposed the separation.

Read more about the civil war - as well as the other conflicts that sprung from the chaos of the First World War - on our website: https://bit.ly/3QFUe6a

© IWM Q 57933

06/01/2024

Churchill visits 'the men in whose hands lies the defence of Egypt', accompanied by Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder and General Montgomery, 1942.

Read more about the air war in North Africa on our website: https://bit.ly/3LkFHtS

© IWM WPN 70

An M3 Lee tank crosses a river north of Imphal to meet the Japanese advance during the Battle of Imphal, 1944. See more ...
06/01/2024

An M3 Lee tank crosses a river north of Imphal to meet the Japanese advance during the Battle of Imphal, 1944.

See more photos of the Battles of Imphal and Kohima on our website: https://bit.ly/42FHHoc

© IWM IND 3468

05/01/2024

The TOG assault tank filmed during trials in Lincoln, 1940.

Many of the TOG's designers, chief among them Sir Albert Stern, had been involved in the design of First World War tanks (hence the name "The Old Gang", or TOG). The unique design reflects its creators' intentions to devise a tank that could navigate tricky terrain: wide anti-tank trenches, fortifications, shell craters and other obstacles. Only two TOG tanks - the TOG 1 and 2 - were ever built before its cancellation in 1941.

This clip comes from a longer film documenting trials of both TOGs. You can watch the film in full on our website: https://bit.ly/3tGPo0V

© IWM (MGH 175)

05/01/2024

The Focke-Wulf 190: this 1943 British instructional film produced by the Air Ministry examines a German Fw 190 for the benefit of RAF pilots, detailing its notable features for recognition during dogfights.

You can watch the full film on our website: http://bit.ly/47gBOiH

You can also watch our video on the Focke-Wulf on YouTube: http://bit.ly/48cwNsE

03/01/2024

RAF Tornados take off and refuel from an RAF VC-10 tanker during a training exercise imagining a conflict between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, 1985.

The clip comes from a RAF recruiting film, available in full on our website: https://bit.ly/3H7XaUJ

© Crown copyright. IWM (COI 1272)

Airborne soldiers retrieve folding motorcycles or 'Welbikes' from equipment containers, Bulford, 9 June 1943.You can see...
03/01/2024

Airborne soldiers retrieve folding motorcycles or 'Welbikes' from equipment containers, Bulford, 9 June 1943.

You can see some footage of the Welbike - 'the cutest gadget of all' - in action here: https://bit.ly/3tEhJEX

© IWM H 30628

2024 is in sight! Wishing all our followers a very Happy New Year from IWM.Here, Lieut Oskar Jensson, captain of the Nor...
31/12/2023

2024 is in sight!

Wishing all our followers a very Happy New Year from IWM.

Here, Lieut Oskar Jensson, captain of the Norwegian Minesweeper, HNMS Alcmaria looks out across Port Edgar, Scotland on New Years Day 1942.

Learn more about what IWM has planned for 2024: https://bit.ly/40VzzzD

© IWM A 6937

31/12/2023

English Electric Lightnings refuel from a Vickers Valiant in this 1960 RAF training film.

Watch the full film on our website: https://bit.ly/3vj5bn5

© IWM (COI 226)

31/12/2023

British Commandos of the No 48 Royal Marine Commando advance up a road in Langrune-sur-Mer, Normandy, with a Centaur and M10 self-propelled gun, June 1944.

© IWM A70 35-1

30/12/2023

American and British es**rt carriers and destroyers enter the Grand Harbour, Valletta prior to the invasion of the south of France, 18 August 1944.

Between 1940 and 1942, Malta faced relentless aerial attacks by the Luftwaffe and Italian Air Force. The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force both fought to defend the island and keep it supplied as it was essential to the Allied war effort, providing a base to disrupt Axis supply lines to Libya, and also for supplying British armies in Egypt.

Read more about Malta survived the war here: https://bit.ly/3v8gE8S

© IWM AYY 193/42

Glider troops pose with a local French girl on a captured German motorcycle, Normandy, 15 June 1944.© IWM B 5585
30/12/2023

Glider troops pose with a local French girl on a captured German motorcycle, Normandy, 15 June 1944.

© IWM B 5585

A motorcycle messenger photographed at the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) training centre in Camberley, 1941.Women ...
30/12/2023

A motorcycle messenger photographed at the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) training centre in Camberley, 1941.

Women were conscripted in December 1941. They were given a choice of working in industry or joining one of the auxiliary services – the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) or the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS).

Read more about their service here: bit.ly/41CusVf

© IWM (D 5721)

0.5 inch Vickers machine guns in quadruple Mark III mounting manned on board HMS ASHANTI during a convoy to Russia. Part...
29/12/2023

0.5 inch Vickers machine guns in quadruple Mark III mounting manned on board HMS ASHANTI during a convoy to Russia. Part of the convoy can be seen in the distance.

Read more about the Arctic Convoys on our website: https://bit.ly/4aySlkP.

© IWM A 8209

De Havilland Mosquito aircraft in various stages of production at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 1943. See more colour photos ...
29/12/2023

De Havilland Mosquito aircraft in various stages of production at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 1943.

See more colour photos from the Second World War here: https://bit.ly/3q1ZjfE

© IWM TR 1426

'Xmas Greetings 1916 from the Salonica Army' - A 1916 Christmas card shows a 'Historic Group of Allied Comrade in Arms' ...
28/12/2023

'Xmas Greetings 1916 from the Salonica Army' - A 1916 Christmas card shows a 'Historic Group of Allied Comrade in Arms' posing for a photo.

© IWM Q 67857

28/12/2023

Russian "Tommies" enjoy their meal despite a blizzard in this British-produced film from the First World War, filmed on the Caucasus Front, Easter 1916.

© IWM (IWM 1062-1)

It’s your last chance to see Northern Ireland: Living with the Troubles at IWM London, before it closes on 7 January 202...
28/12/2023

It’s your last chance to see Northern Ireland: Living with the Troubles at IWM London, before it closes on 7 January 2024. The exhibition will reopen at Imperial War Museum North next March.

Learn more about the exhibition on our website: https://bit.ly/3JgfUSt

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Winston Churchill, recovering from a bout of pneumonia, with General Dwight Eisenhower (left), General Sir Henry Maitlan...
25/12/2023

Winston Churchill, recovering from a bout of pneumonia, with General Dwight Eisenhower (left), General Sir Henry Maitland-Wilson (right) and other military chiefs in Tunis, Tunisia, on Christmas Day, 25 December 1943.

© IWM NA 10075

All set for Christmas aboard HMS Turquoise, December 1943.A very Merry Christmas from the Imperial War Museums!© IWM A 2...
25/12/2023

All set for Christmas aboard HMS Turquoise, December 1943.

A very Merry Christmas from the Imperial War Museums!

© IWM A 21073

24/12/2023

Late on Christmas Eve 1914, men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) heard German troops in the trenches opposite them singing carols and patriotic songs and saw lanterns and small fir trees along their trenches. Messages began to be shouted between the trenches.

The following day, British and German soldiers met in no man's land and exchanged gifts, took photographs and some played impromptu games of football.

How did the truce start, what happened and what was its legacy? Watch our video on the truce here: https://bit.ly/3v9Itu4

24/12/2023

Tommy's Christmas Leave - British soldiers of a highland regiment buy turkeys, complete with feathers, from a butcher, 1916.

© IWM (NTB 279-1)

24/12/2023

Christmas 1944: snowball fighting next to Spitfires, festive feasts and more feature in this RAF film.

Watch the film on our website: https://bit.ly/3vc54tt

© IWM GEN 11

'Father Christmas' presents Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s grandson, also called Winston, with a book of nursery rhy...
23/12/2023

'Father Christmas' presents Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s grandson, also called Winston, with a book of nursery rhymes at a Christmas party for Allied naval officers' children held at Admiralty House in December 1942.

© IWM (A 13308)

22/12/2023

Footage from the Battle of the Bulge from a 1945 British government-produced film, 'From Paris to the Rhine'.

The film documents the course of the war in the last months of 1944 and can be viewed in full on our website: https://bit.ly/476KibM

© IWM COI 277

A group of British prisoners of war smile for the camera during Christmas celebrations at Colditz Castle. A large Christ...
21/12/2023

A group of British prisoners of war smile for the camera during Christmas celebrations at Colditz Castle. A large Christmas tree can be seen behind them, and a streamer just visible above their heads also adds a festive touch.

Though separated from friends and family and living in tightly controlled conditions, some prisoners of war were able to find ways to mark Christmas and New Year, using their creativity and comradeship to get them through.

Read more here: bit.ly/3VbLbdk

© IWM HU 20276

Snow-Covered Ruins on the Western Front, 1919, by W F C Holden.See more wintry artworks from other First World War artis...
21/12/2023

Snow-Covered Ruins on the Western Front, 1919, by W F C Holden.

See more wintry artworks from other First World War artists here: https://bit.ly/3uWCsEg

© IWM (Art.IWM ART 17281)

20/12/2023

A German pilot bails out of his aircraft over the Low Countries, January 1945.

The Luftwaffe had carried out attacks on Allied airfields in Belgium and the Netherlands on New Year’s Day 1945, damaging a number of runways. This clip comes from a short RAF film documenting the Allied retaliation.

Watch it in full on our website: bit.ly/3Rtitou

© IWM GEN 12

Join Jon Silverman and Robert Sherwood as they discuss their new book, 'Safe Haven: The United Kingdom's Investigations ...
20/12/2023

Join Jon Silverman and Robert Sherwood as they discuss their new book, 'Safe Haven: The United Kingdom's Investigations into N**i Collaborators and the Failure of Justice', chaired by IWM's Head of Public History James Bulgin.

Jon and Robert will explore the history of the 1991 War Crimes Act and how and why it failed to deliver convictions to many of the perpetrators of the Holocaust. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the intersection of law, history, and truth.

Find out more and get tickets here: https://bit.ly/41rOxxH

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