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20/04/2021

Today marks a decade since the death of the award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington.

In this episode of IWM Stories we explore Hetherington's unique experience capturing the lives of Libyans caught on the front line of the Arab Spring.

Watch now: bit.ly/3gjkpyZ

The equipment Tim used and the photographs he shot in Libya are being preserved at IWM along with the rest of his archive.

Explore the Hetherington Archive on the IWM website: bit.ly/37MtyLk

19/04/2021
Why did Operation Barbarossa Fail?.mp4

Hi**er's failed attempt to defeat to Soviet Union was pivotal in his downfall, but where did Operation Barbarossa go so wrong?

Find out what happened when the Soviets counter-attacked and watch the full episode of IWM Stories on the IWM YouTube channel: bit.ly/3e8VefA

The Duke of Edinburgh in the uniform of a Commander, Royal Navy, takes a Royal Salute during his visit to Malta in 1952....
17/04/2021

The Duke of Edinburgh in the uniform of a Commander, Royal Navy, takes a Royal Salute during his visit to Malta in 1952.

Explore more photographs of The Duke of Edinburgh:

http://bit.ly/3wLZHxx

© IWM A 32405

The Duke of Edinburgh in the uniform of a Commander, Royal Navy, takes a Royal Salute during his visit to Malta in 1952.

Explore more photographs of The Duke of Edinburgh:

http://bit.ly/3wLZHxx

© IWM A 32405

16/04/2021

When Operation Barbarossa began in June 1941, the initial attack exceeded all expectations.

But why was it so effective?

Find out what happened next and watch the whole episode of IWM Stories on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3e8VefA

Crew of the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth enjoy a brief rest on one of her 15-inch guns during Operation Cockpit. The B...
16/04/2021

Crew of the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth enjoy a brief rest on one of her 15-inch guns during Operation Cockpit. The Bay of Bengal, #OnThisDay 1944.

© IWM A 23489

Crew of the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth enjoy a brief rest on one of her 15-inch guns during Operation Cockpit. The Bay of Bengal, #OnThisDay 1944.

© IWM A 23489

14/04/2021
Why Did Hi**er Invade Russia?.mp4

In June of 1941 Adolf Hi**er invaded the Soviet Union, a move that would ultimately help decide the outcome of the Second World War.

But why did he do it?

Discover how Operation Barbarossa unfolded and watch the full episode of IWM Stories here: https://bit.ly/2Q5ApJY

Let’s Talk About Empire and Conflict explores how to teach the experiences and legacy of the British Empire and conflict...
13/04/2021

Let’s Talk About Empire and Conflict explores how to teach the experiences and legacy of the British Empire and conflict for secondary pupils.

Part two with Daniel Lyndon-Cohen, Lead Practitioner for Humanities at Park View School in Tottenham, Funmilola Stewart, Head of History at Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford, Dr Halima Begum, CEO of The Runnymede Trust and Alan Wakefield, IWM Historian, is available to watch now:

https://www.iwm.org.uk/learning/lets-talk-about-empire-and-conflict.

Let’s Talk About Empire and Conflict explores how to teach the experiences and legacy of the British Empire and conflict for secondary pupils.

Part two with Daniel Lyndon-Cohen, Lead Practitioner for Humanities at Park View School in Tottenham, Funmilola Stewart, Head of History at Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford, Dr Halima Begum, CEO of The Runnymede Trust and Alan Wakefield, IWM Historian, is available to watch now:

https://www.iwm.org.uk/learning/lets-talk-about-empire-and-conflict.

In April 1960, on a visit to Malta, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was photographed watching an anti-submarine...
10/04/2021

In April 1960, on a visit to Malta, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was photographed watching an anti-submarine exercise from the bridge of the frigate HMS Eastbourne.

Today we share a selection of photographs from our collections that show moments from the life of The Duke of Edinburgh:

http://bit.ly/3wLZHxx

© IWM A 34293

In April 1960, on a visit to Malta, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was photographed watching an anti-submarine exercise from the bridge of the frigate HMS Eastbourne.

Today we share a selection of photographs from our collections that show moments from the life of The Duke of Edinburgh:

http://bit.ly/3wLZHxx

© IWM A 34293

We at Imperial War Museums (IWM) were deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a...
09/04/2021

We at Imperial War Museums (IWM) were deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and would like to express our condolences to all his family.

IWM is hugely grateful to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for the generous support and interest that he has taken in IWM during his lifetime.

In November 1966 he accompanied HM The Queen as she opened the Cinema at IWM London and he has been a welcomed visitor on a number of occasions to our other sites.

Considering HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s longstanding service in the Royal Navy, we were particularly honoured to welcome him to HMS Belfast in 2007 and again in 2010, when he attended the dedication of the ship’s new masts in a ceremony with veterans and officials from the Russian embassy and government.

We at Imperial War Museums (IWM) were deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and would like to express our condolences to all his family.

IWM is hugely grateful to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for the generous support and interest that he has taken in IWM during his lifetime.

In November 1966 he accompanied HM The Queen as she opened the Cinema at IWM London and he has been a welcomed visitor on a number of occasions to our other sites.

Considering HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s longstanding service in the Royal Navy, we were particularly honoured to welcome him to HMS Belfast in 2007 and again in 2010, when he attended the dedication of the ship’s new masts in a ceremony with veterans and officials from the Russian embassy and government.

“…I would wonder what he was doing and if he was thinking about me. And wondering how he was going on and when I would s...
06/04/2021

“…I would wonder what he was doing and if he was thinking about me. And wondering how he was going on and when I would see him again...”

No emails, no text messages, no social media posts. No contact or way of knowing.

In September 1915, Percy Morter left for France with the 9th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, leaving his wife, Kitty, at home in Manchester. Percy went on to fight in The Battle of the Somme.

Subscribe to our eNews to hear Kitty’s agonising story of being left behind to wonder and wait. Sign up by Monday 12 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Tuesday 13 April: http://ow.ly/wcgh50EhRJN

© IWM Q 857

“…I would wonder what he was doing and if he was thinking about me. And wondering how he was going on and when I would see him again...”

No emails, no text messages, no social media posts. No contact or way of knowing.

In September 1915, Percy Morter left for France with the 9th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, leaving his wife, Kitty, at home in Manchester. Percy went on to fight in The Battle of the Somme.

Subscribe to our eNews to hear Kitty’s agonising story of being left behind to wonder and wait. Sign up by Monday 12 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Tuesday 13 April: http://ow.ly/wcgh50EhRJN

© IWM Q 857

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we asked you if you’ve been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.If you have...
05/04/2021

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we asked you if you’ve been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

If you haven’t got involved yet, you still can! Simply join the conversation by:
• Add your own photo and placard to the comments box
• Leave a comment about your favourite memory or what you miss most
• Tag your favourite museum
• Tag friends & family you miss going to museums with

Find out more: bit.ly/3wkf6F2

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we asked you if you’ve been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

If you haven’t got involved yet, you still can! Simply join the conversation by:
• Add your own photo and placard to the comments box
• Leave a comment about your favourite memory or what you miss most
• Tag your favourite museum
• Tag friends & family you miss going to museums with

Find out more: bit.ly/3wkf6F2

Happy Easter! This hand carved and painted wooden egg was gifted to Private H H Gurdin of the 7th Battalion, Royal Fusil...
04/04/2021

Happy Easter!

This hand carved and painted wooden egg was gifted to Private H H Gurdin of the 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliersin 1918.

Wounded on 7 March and taken prisoner by the Germans shortly after, Private Gurdin was given the egg by a fellow prisoner of war from Russia. The reverse features the letters XB in gold, representing “Христос Воскрес”, or "Christ is risen".

© IWM EPH 641

Enjoy the Easter break and get creative with (or without) the kids with our exclusive construction sets.These deluxe kit...
03/04/2021

Enjoy the Easter break and get creative with (or without) the kids with our exclusive construction sets.

These deluxe kits include everything you need to build your very own Lancaster, Spitfire or HMS Belfast from top quality steel parts.

Free delivery when you spend £25 or more*

Shop now: https://bit.ly/3dugVGE

*valid until Tuesday 6 April

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we’ve really been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.Have you been #Missin...
02/04/2021

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we’ve really been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

Have you been #MissingMuseums?

This is Callum from Littlehampton. Since lockdown he has been missing “discussing the history of tanks and armoured warfare, and First World War exhibits in Imperial War Museum London with friends."

We'd love to know what you’ve missed most about not being able to visit and enjoy museums during lockdown.
Join the conversation by adding your own photo or leave a comment - don't forget to tag the museum.

Find out more: bit.ly/3rPJ1S9

Today marks 39 years since the invasion of the Falkland Islands and the beginning of the Falklands War. The weeks that f...
02/04/2021

Today marks 39 years since the invasion of the Falkland Islands and the beginning of the Falklands War.

The weeks that followed saw Britain undertake the extraordinary feat of assembling and sending a task force of warships and rapidly refitted merchant ships 8,000 miles away to the South Atlantic.

These 30 photos tell the story of the conflict, from the departure of the task force to the Argentine surrender and the memorials that followed.

Learn more: bit.ly/3sFLC1U

© IWM FKD 2124

As the container ship Ever Given is finally freed, we look at another attempt to regain control over one of the world's ...
29/03/2021
10 Photographs Of 'Operation Musketeer'

As the container ship Ever Given is finally freed, we look at another attempt to regain control over one of the world's most crucial waterways. These 10 photos tell the story of Operation Musketeer - the planned capture of the Suez Canal:

http://bit.ly/3sCrrSE

'Operation Musketeer' was the codename for the November 1956 Anglo-French military operation, in conjunction with Israeli forces, to regain control of the Suez Canal, after it was nationalised by the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.

“A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?” – Bob HopeOn 3 July 1943, ...
25/03/2021

“A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?” – Bob Hope

On 3 July 1943, famous comedian Bob Hope and forces sweetheart singer Frances Langford visited RAF Duxford to entertain the US Air Force. But the tragedy that struck the 78th Fighter Group just two days prior made for a very sombre audience.

Subscribe to IWM’s eNews by Wednesday 31 March to be sent the 78th Fighter Group’s story to your inbox on Thursday 1 April. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/VkIF50E8wrx

© IWM HU 57979

Led by IWM experts, teachers and equality advocates Let’s Talk About Empire and Conflict explores how to teach the exper...
23/03/2021

Led by IWM experts, teachers and equality advocates Let’s Talk About Empire and Conflict explores how to teach the experiences and legacy of the British Empire and conflict for secondary pupils.

Watch part one now with Daniel Lyndon-Cohen, Lead Practitioner for Humanities at Park View School in Tottenham. Funmilola Stewart, Head of History at Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford and IWM Curator Vikki Hawkins:

https://www.iwm.org.uk/learning/lets-talk-about-empire-and-conflict

Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham and Lieutenant General Sir Miles Dempsey discuss ...
22/03/2021

Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham and Lieutenant General Sir Miles Dempsey discuss preparations for "Operation Varsity" - the crossing of the Rhine. Walbeck, Germany #OnThisDay 1945.

© IWM TR 2789

20/03/2021
The Iraq War & WMDs

The Iraq War began #OnThisDay in 2003.

History has shown that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction when the war began. But why did he want people to believe the opposite?

Find out and watch the full episode of IWM Stories on YouTube: bit.ly/3vA3rS4

Three brothers kept apart by war for five years meet by chance in Forli, Italy #OnThisDay 1945.The Jones brothers from D...
20/03/2021

Three brothers kept apart by war for five years meet by chance in Forli, Italy #OnThisDay 1945.

The Jones brothers from Doncaster, Yorkshire, who all served in different regiments, had been unable to organise leave at the same time since 1940.

© IWM NA 23191

“It's about including a more diverse range of stories that show different experiences.” Funmilola StewartLet’s Talk Abou...
19/03/2021

“It's about including a more diverse range of stories that show different experiences.” Funmilola Stewart

Let’s Talk About Empire and Conflict is a series of free CPD films that will explore how to teach the experiences and legacy of the British Empire and conflict for secondary pupils.

Launching next week with part one on 23 March with Daniel Lyndon-Cohen, Lead Practitioner for Humanities at Park View School in Tottenham, Funmilola Stewart, Head of History at Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford and IWM Curator Vikki Hawkins.

Sign up to our Teachers eNews to hear more about our CPD for secondary teachers and education professionals:
https://www.iwm.org.uk/learning/teacher-events

We're pleased to announce that from 12 April 2021, Duxford Outdoors will be open to the public.Explore the mile-long gro...
18/03/2021

We're pleased to announce that from 12 April 2021, Duxford Outdoors will be open to the public.

Explore the mile-long grounds of IWM Duxford and discover the stories behind the historic site with our self-guided trail. Get up close to the huge hangars and marvel at the award-winning structure of the American Air Museum. Experience Duxford Outdoors and uncover hidden gems you might miss during a regular museum visit.

Find out more and book today: bit.ly/33kTWK7

Duxford Outdoors will be open to the public at a reduced ticket price. IWM Members receive free entry. All visitors are asked to pre-book your ticket before arrival.

In line with government guidelines, the museum remains closed and only outdoor spaces are accessible.

18/03/2021
Why the Iraq War happened.mp4

This Saturday, 20 March marks 18 years since the invasion of Iraq and the start of Iraq War, but what are the causes that lie behind the conflict?

Discover the role that 9/11 played and watch the full episode of IWM Stories on YouTube: bit.ly/3vA3rS4

17/03/2021
Did the First World War transform women's lives?

By 1918, more than 17,000 nurses had served close to the trenches, working in field hospitals all along the Western Front. But how far did the First World War impact women's lives and rights?

Watch the whole episode of IWM Stories on YouTube: bit.ly/30isIlc

The rooms where history was made are coming to your living room. Housing the underground nerve centre where the British ...
16/03/2021

The rooms where history was made are coming to your living room.

Housing the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War, Churchill War Rooms is one of London's must-see attractions.

For the first time ever, experience the power of the War Rooms from the comfort of your home. Our new online tour offers an expert-led exploration of this remarkable historical landmark.

Don't miss out on this unique virtual event. Book your place now: https://bit.ly/3qbz8x1

12/03/2021
Art Fund

Art Fund

Who's ready to start visiting museums again? 🙌

✨ Step into the Imperial War Museum in the first episode of the new series of Meet Me at the Museum.

In this episode writer and podcaster Elizabeth Day took her husband to the brilliant Imperial War Museum London.

Take a private tour of Imperial War Museum London with them as they uncover poignant and personal stories of displacement, home and identity affecting people around the world today.

Listen wherever you get your podcast or click the link in the first comment on this post.

For the first time ever, travel through all five of IWM's iconic museums and historic site in one virtual tour.Let an IW...
12/03/2021

For the first time ever, travel through all five of IWM's iconic museums and historic site in one virtual tour.

Let an IWM expert take you on an exploration of our most fascinating objects and discover the curious stories behind them. From the Spitfire found buried on a beach, to the perfectly preserved sugar cubes in Churchill War Rooms, uncover the highlights from our collections.

Book your place by 4pm today for Saturday's tour: bit.ly/3vhjCDN

Imagine this. Your vehicle is hit by a rocket-propelled gr***de. The commander and gunner are incapacitated. Bullets are...
11/03/2021

Imagine this. Your vehicle is hit by a rocket-propelled gr***de. The commander and gunner are incapacitated. Bullets are flying, but you need to drive with your hatch open to see. You drive over a mine that failed to explode. You are shot in the head but still manage to lead your fellow soldiers to safety.

This is what Johnson Gideon Beharry faced all in one day while serving in Iraq in 2004. Just one month later, Beharry found himself in a similar situation…

Subscribe to IWM’s eNews by Wednesday 17 March to be sent Beharry’s full story on Thursday 18 March and read more about this living Victoria Cross recipient, just one of the over 250 stories featured in IWM London's Lord Ashcroft Gallery. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/1Tpd50DWpwH

10/03/2021
Edith Hine | IWM Membership

Edith Hine has been volunteering with IWM for over ten years. She recounts her own experiences of conflict to children and adults who visit HMS Belfast, ensuring that her stories are passed on to the next generation.

Our five sites are home to many more stories like Edith’s. We protect thousands of objects and works of art, hours of film footage and millions of photographs, each containing a glimpse into the causes, course and consequences of war.

We all have a connection to conflict. Join as a member today and help tell stories that deserve to be heard: https://bit.ly/2NAVv1d

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Hi Can anybody help me identify a mine. I have a part of a mine and also a picture of the mine the part was dismantled from. The mine had drifted ashore after WW2 in Lyngby, Thy – north west part of Jutland in Denmark Is this an English made mine and is it possible to identify it. Thank you John Kjær
SHAME on you IWM for shutting down one of the most ensuring and visitor-friendly attractions on HMS Belfast ... I hope that you are ashamed of yourself for evicting all the RN & RM veteran volunteers who have provided live amateur radio demonstrations on HMS Belfast bridge wireless office (at no cost to you) for countless visitors over the decades ... SHAME ON YOU ! 🤬 who was the faceless/nameless pen-pusher who decided this ?? not a veteran I'll bet you !!
Please can you explain what 50 IWM vehicles are being sent to the Tuscan Military Vehicle Museum USA and why?
I have recently published an extraordinary collection of post WW2 letters that I think will be of interest to your readers. They have a particular bearing on the social history of Leicestershire and East Germany at that time. The letters are, on the one hand between my mother and father from 1947 to 1950. My mother, Jean was living in Wharf St, Leicester, working for the Leicester War Agricultural Executive Committee. Aka The War Ag. My father, Hans was a German POW stationed in several different camps around Leicester. Their exchange of letters encompass many local towns and villages, as my father moved around the camps and hostels. From POW to discharge and working on a farm. Saltby, Stathern, Redmile, Melton, Pickwell, Leicester amongst other places, feature heavily in the communications. On the other hand this conversation is entwined with letters to my father from his mother in East Germany, behind The iron curtain. She is a refugee, having fled West Pomerania ahead of the advancing Russian army with her younger son. Destitute and alone they battle to rebuild their lives. her husband is missing believed to be a prisoner in Russia and she is desperate for Hans to return home. I felt these family letters were worthy of a wider audience so I have published them myself. They are truly fascinating and put a lot of colour on what real life was like for ordinary people immediately post the war. On both sides of the iron curtain. There are two volumes. “Sending Sunday greetings – the war is over but heartache remains for a family separated by The iron curtain” and “In search of home- Love life and longing on a journey in search of a better life” both available through Amazon. It would be great if you could put this before your members and spread this amazing story. I was brought up in Melton and my sister still lives in Ashby de la Zouch with kind regards Angela Klawitter
The Caption and photo has been a mystery that now has been solved. I have researched this mission from many different angles to discover this Airman's identity and the aircraft presented here. Discovered on this mission for the 379th BG there was: 1-MIA Aircraft # -42-102675 of the 525th BS 1 -Airman wounded and 1 KIA on Aircraft # 42-97833 "Silver Dollar” of the 525th BS 1 -Airman wounded on Aircraft # 43-37777 “Four of a Kind” of the 525th BS 1-Airman wounded on Aircraft # 102689 “Lady Luck” of the 526th BS Since this aircraft has the RCL Fuselage Code from the 526th that could only mean this is LF-B Aircraft # 102689 “Lady Luck” and the wounded Airman would be Radio Operator/ Gunner T/Sgt Phillip F. Beaudoin of the Lt William M. Land Crew. T/Sgt Beaudoin was wounded in the leg on that Mission too.
I have a WW2 Japanese fan from Burma, are they common?
Les membres du MIBAC et les administrateurs se joingnent ensemble pour vous souhaiter à toutes et tous une très bonne année 2021. En espérant que le combat contre cet ennemi invisible nous permettra de réouvrir nos portes et de continuer à faire perdurer la merveilleuse histoire de la base aérienne de Chièvres. Bonne et heureuse année à tous et encore un énorme merci pour vos soutiens. ------------------------------------------------------------------- The members of MIBAC and the administrators join together in wishing you all a very happy new year 2021. Hoping that the fight against this invisible enemy will allow us to reopen our doors and continue to perpetuate the wonderful history of the Chièvres air base. Happy New Year to everyone and again a huge thank you for your support.
Ordered a premium gift subscription for my son and his family 1st December. Allowed the seven working days for receipt (plus extra to allow for contingencies). Nothing arrives so emailed 14th Dec. Automated response. Phone lines engaged. Then see on website if you order by 16th you can still get in time for Christmas. Emailed again (no-one has answered the original yet). Automated response. So I have no idea whether it was ever despatched as no-one is communicating with me. Looking increasingly unlikely I will have anything to give my son on Christmas Day. Disappointed.
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What is the type/designation of this radar? Thanks.
Can’t get through on phone line. Trying to call from Australia. Message stating phone is not switched on??? Have emailed again.