Life and Culture in the 1940s

Step back in time and swing into the evocative world of the 1940s!

Dive into the era of big band music and bold fashion choices. Explore the triumphs and struggles of World War II and discover the cultural shifts that shaped a generation.

Whether you’re a lifelong enthusiast or simply curious about this fascinating period, we have something for you. Peruse our collection of articles, delve into captivating stories and rediscover the spirit of the 1940s!

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The Dunkirk Evacuation – Devine Deliverance?

Operation Dynamo was the code name given to the evacuation from Dunkirk, which involved the rescue of more than 338,000 British and ...
Cinema in 1940s Film

A Trip to ‘The Pictures’ in the 1940s

With the outbreak of war in late 1939, attempts were made by the government to close all places of popular entertainment, including ...
Amy Johnson People

Taking Flight: Amy Johnson’s Pioneering Spirit

A Daring Dream Takes Flight: The Story of Amy Johnson While the exact spark that ignited Amy Johnson‘s passion for aviation remains ...
Double Decker London Bus Motor Vehicles

The Iconic Double Decker…

The famous RT1 Double-Decker Bus is to London bus enthusiasts what the Flying Scotsman is to the world of steam locomotives; The RT1 Type ...
Mustang P51 Aircraft

North American P51 Mustang

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and the Korean War, among other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in ...
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The Commonwealth Contribution to WW2

While it is not often highlighted, men and women from the Commonwealth of Nations made a significant contribution to the war effort ...
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1940s Radio

The crackling sounds of 1940s radio weren’t just entertainment for Britons huddled around their wireless sets during the tumultuous 1940s. The BBC ...
Wallaston's Mum's Army WWII

The Unsung Heroines of WWII: The Women’s Home Guard

Britain’s Unsung Heroes: The Women of the Home Guard The Second World War saw a surge of patriotism in Britain, with citizens ...
I'm a Protective Food Food

The Ministry of Food in the 40s

To address the challenges of a second world war the government established a number of new departments to assist in their duties. ...
JU87 Stuka Dive Bomber Aircraft

JU87 Stuka Dive Bomber – Germany’s screaming menace

The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, “dive bomber”) was a German dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, which first flew in 1935. ...
Hawker Hurricane Aircraft

The work horse of the Battle of Britain…The Hawker Hurricane

Made famous during the Battle of Britain as the work horse of that struggle, the Hawker Hurricane is a single-seat fighter aircraft ...
Scene from Holiday Inn Film

3 Classic Christmas Movies from 1940s

Holiday Inn – 1942 Christmas can’t begin until Bing Crosby sings ‘White Christmas’, and he is joined here by a bevy of ...
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