IWM’s collections cover all aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving Britain, the Commonwealth and other former empire countries. They were intended to record the 'toil and sacrifice' of every individual affected by war. Our collections stretch from the everyday to the exceptional. They contain some of the most important technical, social, economic, political, personal and cultural artefacts relating to Britain and its role in twentieth-century conflict. The scale, depth, breadth and range of media – art, film photographs, sound, new media, writings and objects – contain the reactions, memories and stories of the whole of society. Alongside the material that has been commissioned or created for official or military purposes are the personal responses to eye-witnessed events and the tokens that ordinary people have given to IWM so that their experience of war, or that of their family, can be passed on to future generations.
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Wartime diary: Corporal Jim Marsh 1681892Wartime diary: Corporal Jim Marsh 1681892 We left RAF Station Wilmslow on Monday November 9 1942 and marched with full kit to Wilmslow railway station. Many of the locals gave us a send off plenty of beer was given to us and the RAF played sentimental tunes as we waited for the train. Eventually we boarded the troop train bound for Liverpool Docks, eight servicemen were allocated to a compartment and locked in. It was a sad journey for me in the sense that the train travelled via Skelton Junction over the Bridgewater canal at Broadheath and past Salisbury Road playing fields and the house where I was born, 5 Balfour Road and I remembered as we passed how I spent Saturday afternoon with my father and mother. I did not tell them that I was going over seas, but I told my brother Fred and asked him to look after Dad and Mam. The train pulled alongside our troopship Orion which was to be our home for the next two weeks. Wednesday November 25: Storm still raging. Volunteered for Guard Duty.
WW2 People's War - Falling Back to Dunkirk, 7th MAC British Expeditionary Force (Part 3)Interference Archive | Documents from the Greenham Common Women’s Peace CampDecember 5, 2014 – March 1, 2015Opening: December 5, 2014 Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp was a 19-year anti-nuclear protest and encampment at the U.S. Military Base at Greenham Common, Berkshire County, England. This exhibition and event series, organized as a mother/daughter collaboration between Susan Jahoda and Emma Jahoda-Brown, assembles accounts of the comings and goings and daily lives of a diverse group of women at Greenham primarily over a nine year period. Photographs, film, artifacts and sound are brought together to reveal a complex view of a largely invisible history. This project honors the visual work of Susan Kleckner and the extraordinary women of Greenham Common who transformed a space — otherwise claimed for militarism and colonialism – into a place of protest, agency, and exploration of feminist politics. Organized by Susan Jahoda and Emma Jahoda-Brown, with contributions by Rachel Mattson and Blithe Riley.
St. Bees Head Chain-Home RADAR StationPHOTOGRAPHS: David Parkin, Heysham FURTHER INFORMATION: Jeff, contributor to uk.rec.subterranea NG St Bees RADAR station - No. 87A ,'Chain Home Low' - was built at the Lighthouse in 1941, going off-air for the last time at 23:00 hours on 4th February 1944, after which RADAR coverage for the area was handled by the Hawcoats site near Barrow-in-Furness. Manned 24 hours a day by the RAF, St. Bees RADAR station was guarded by the Army who were billeted nearby. A good account of the military activity in St Bees during WWII is written elsewhere. The station at St Bees consisted of a combined transmitter-receiver block (the remains of which are capped by a modern agricultural shed-roof in the above photograph), a 20' high gantry carrying the 1.5metre wavelength (200MHz) aerial array (which stood on the other side of the T/R building shown above), a stand-by set house, and various ancillary buildings. Older CHL sites had twin gantries and seperate transmitter and receiver buildings.
Adrian Hamilton: 'A great escape? Dunkirk was actually a humiliation for British forces' - This Britain - UKA couple of months after being sent to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force, 2nd Lt Denis Hamilton was part of the beaten and outmanoeuvred army that retreated chaotically to the French coast to clamber aboard the little ships that took them to the bigger ships to take them back from whence they had come. "I came back with more men than I went out with," he later told me. "We kept picking up stragglers; some had been deserted by their officers." If Dunkirk has gone down as a heroic defeat, it wasn't like that to those who took part. My father, in the Durham Light Infantry, never elaborated about officers deserting their men. His way out of Dunkirk was on a minesweeper to Margate, blown up by German aircraft on its return to the beaches. It was the cheering, not the battle, for which Dunkirk was remembered. That didn't make it any easier for the troops on the ground, bombed and shelled day after day as they queued for the boats back. It is the same with the Dunkirk spirit.
CALL OUT: take action this weekend with Sisters UncutThis is a guest blog by Lucy, a Sisters Uncut and UK Uncut activist. Sisters uncut’s next action is on Saturday 28th November at midday, Soho Square Just over a year a go a group of angry women activists from UK Uncut decided that enough was enough. We worked in the domestic violence sector, we were survivors, we were women who felt backed in to a corner by a brutal state that was slowly taking away our safety net. And we were tired of the violence, the humiliation and the silencing that survivors of domestic violence faced. UK Uncut and the people within it gave us the skills and knowledge to realise that sisters could do it for themselves. That first meeting seems so far away from now. What a year it’s been, from four women eating beige food and drinking tizer in a living room in Stratford to over a hundred folk regularly attending meetings. UK Uncut always reminded us that austerity was a political choice. And austerity continues unabated. We do not want token funding.
Radar in World War IIBoth the Allies and Axis powers used radar in World War II, and many important aspects of this conflict were greatly influenced by this revolutionary new technology. The basic technology of radio-based detection and tracking evolved independently and with great secrecy in a number of nations during the second half of the 1930s. At the start of the war in Europe in September 1939, both Great Britain and Germany had begun the deployment of these systems. In Great Britain this technology was called RDF, standing for Range and Direction Finding, while in Germany the name Funkmessgerät (radio measuring device) was often used. By the time of the Battle of Britain in mid-1940, the Royal Air Force (RAF) had incorporated RDF stations as vital elements in Britain's air-defence capabilities. The German Funkmessgerät, could not assist in Germany's offensive capability and was thus not supported by Adolf Hitler. United Kingdom Air Ministry Bawdsey Manor Chain Home
Dunkirk anniversary: The brave British soldiers who were TRUE heroesBy Hugh Sebag Montefiore Updated: 08:36 GMT, 27 May 2010 Their bodies lie piled outside the French farm where the Nazis shot them as prisoners. Now, 70 years on, we reveal the unflinching valour of the British soldiers who stayed behind to let their comrades escape at Dunkirk. Bloody corpses lay spreadeagled on the sand, and all around them there was devastation. Beside the burned-out ships that had made it to the shore, the beach was littered with decaying horses, charred lorries and scattered items of clothing. This was the apocalyptic scene that greeted German soldiers when they finally made it to the Dunkirk beaches on June 4, 1940 - 70 years ago. Atrocity: The aftermath of the Le Paradis massacre, which saw 97 British prisoners massacred after surrendering to SS troops on May 27, 1040 There was not a living British soldier to be seen. But this most British of achievements is only part of the story. The burned-out lorry was full of charred corpses I heard screams as wounded men were wounded