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date: 14 Nov
The Coventry Blitz     -  14th/15th November 1940  -     The bombings of British cities in 1940 was a way used the Nazis to undermine morale in Britain. The country already stood alone, there were many who questioned whether the war could be won and that coming to some sort of peace with Herr Hitler would be preferable.   The Blitz, short for...
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  • 20th Century
  • This week in history
  • WW2
date: 29 Oct
Spain Announce the Return of the Monarchy     -  29th October 1975  -       The Franco regime, it is claimed, led to the deaths of over 400,000 dissenters and opponents of his reign. This was mostly through forced labour and the concentration camps that he ran. His 36-year reign ended just before his death, when he was severely ill, when it was...
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  • 20th Century
  • This week in history
  • WW2
date: 26 Jun
Queen Victoria awards the First Victoria Crosses       -  26th June 1857  -     There are occasions when the written press makes valuable contributions to British life. William Howard Russell, of The Times, was one such member. The Crimean War was one of the first conflicts to have war correspondents. Russell, in his job, saw many acts of bravery...
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  • 19th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
  • World War 1
  • WW2
date: 24 Mar
The Escape from Stalag Luft III   - 24th March 1944 -   Depicted in the film The Great Escape, the attempt by 200 men to free themselves from a German prison, for Air Officers, in the middle of a forest in Upper Silesia, has gone down in legend. This vast POW camp in Poland, then East Germany, 100miles south east of Berlin, was the scene one of...
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  • 20th Century
  • This week in history
  • WW2
date: 05 Mar
The Death of Josef Stalin   March 5th 1953   Mid-February Stalin left for his ‘dacha’, holiday home, just outside Moscow. He was growing old and weary. He was 74 and had been leader of the Soviet Union from the mid 1920s. Already he had voiced the possibility of retiring from the leadership of his party. The other membersof the Central Committee...
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  • 20th Century
  • Politics
  • WW2