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  • by Alexander Baron
    £6.99

    January 1944, the south coast of England. The Fifth Battalion, Wessex Regiment wait patiently and nervously for the order to embark. From The City, From The Plough is a vivid and moving account of the fate of these men as they set off for Normandy and advance into France.

  • by Becky Benfield-Humberstone
    £11.49

    A magical tale set one Christmas Eve, when all of Santa's reindeer caught colds and couldn't deliver any more presents, putting Christmas at risk for all the good girls and boys. Luckily, a plane everyone knows is on hand to save the day. Told in rhyme and featuring over 20 hand-drawn illustrations, this is the perfect gift for a kid at Christmas

  • by Robert Greenwood
    £8.99

  • by Cedric Foley
    £8.99

  • by Monica Felton
    £8.99

    Monica Felton's 1945 novel gives a lively account of the experiences of a group of men and women working in a munitions factory during the Second World War.

  • by Cecil Lewis
    £6.99

    Over the course of one night in 1942, the crew members of Wellington bomber 'P for Pathfinder' each reflect on the paths of their own lives, as they embark on a fateful mission deep into the heart of Nazi Germany.

  • by Anthony Rhodes
    £8.99

    In September 1939, shortly after war is declared, Anthony Rhodes is sent to France, serving with the British Army. In the spring of 1940, the men are ordered to retreat to the coast and the beaches of Dunkirk, where they face a desperate and terrifying wait for evacuation.

  • by Ian Carter
    £19.99

    Britain at War in Colour showcases 100 of the best rare and original colour images of the Second World War from the IWM photograph collection. Featuring new and never-before published images in a beautiful hardback album format, these graphic and powerful images bring the Second World War to life.

  • by Anthony Richards
    £9.49

    This highly illustrated gift book tells the stories of those who lived through Christmas in wartime, when wrapping paper was banned, rationing was in force and children were separated from their families. Also included are tips and tricks to create recycled presents and greetings cards, and recipes to cook a delicious wartime Christmas meal.

  • by Barbara Whitton
    £9.49

    It is 1943, and a month into their service as Land Girls, Bee, Anne and Pauline are dispatched to a remote farm in rural Scotland. Here they are introduced to the realities of 'lending a hand on the land'.

  • by Elleston Trevor
    £6.99

    In the summer of 1940, the Battle of Britain rages in the skies over southern England. Nineteen-year-old Pilot Officer Peter Stuyckes arrives at RAF Westhill and is immediately put to the test. Published to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

  • - A Visual History
    by Anthony Richards
    £14.99

    This highly illustrated book, first published to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019, will reconstruct the historic landings and the resultant battle for Normandy using artefacts, documents, interviews, film, art and photographs from the archives at IWM.

  • by Peter Elstob
    £8.99

    Based on Peter Elstob's own wartime experiences, Warriors for the Working Day follows one tank crew as they proceed from the beaches of Normandy into newly liberated Western Europe, brilliantly evoking the claustrophobia, heat and intensity of tank warfare.

  • by Fred Majdalany
    £7.99

    1943, the North African desert. Major Tim Sheldon, exhausted and battle weary, is asked to carry out a futile and unexpected patrol mission. This intimate, tense novel puts this so-called minor mission centre stage, as over the course of the day Sheldon reminisces about his time as a soldier, his own future, and what it means to confront fear.

  • - The British POW Experience in Germany 1939-1945
    by Anthony Richards
    £9.99

    More than 170,000 British prisoners of war (POWs) were taken by German and Italian forces during the Second World War. Guests of the Third Reich will provide an overview of what daily life was like for prisoners, from staging theatre productions to keep morale up to working allotments and planning audacious escape attempts.

  • by Anthony Quayle
    £6.99

    Autumn 1943. Major John Overton accepts a posting behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Albania. As he struggles to complete his mission amidst a chaotic backdrop, Overton is left to ruminate on loyalty, comradeship and the futility of war.

  • by Kathleen Hewitt
    £8.99

    London, 1942. Flight-Lieutenant David Heron, home in London on leave, awakes to the news that a murder victim has been discovered in the garden of his boarding house. Drawn into a world of mystery and double dealing, can he solve the murder before his return to the skies?

  • by David Piper
    £6.99

    October 1941. Twenty-one-year-old Alan Mart is posted to India, and soon after the Japanese advance on Singapore is deployed to Malaya. What follows is a quietly shattering and searingly authentic depiction of the claustrophobia of jungle warfare and the futility of war.

  • - The Second World War in Colour
    by Ian Carter
    £13.99

    Allied victory in the Second World War owed much to air power. Following the success of The Second World War in Colour, this book presents a further selection of original colour photographs from the IWM collection, focusing on Allied aircraft and airmen.

  • by Laura Clouting
    £22.49

    A Century of Remembrance, richly illustrated with objects, photographs, documents and artworks from the unique collections of IWM, explores the ways British families, communities and the state mourned and memorialised those who died as a result of the 'Great War', from the poppy to the cenotaph.

  • by Alan Jeffreys
    £21.99

    Tells the story of London during one of the most eventful points in its history - the Second World War - through IWM's unique collections, using diaries, letters, objects, photographs and maps. Includes fascinating images of London 'then and now'. A highly visual and accessible history.

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    £3.98

  • by Ian Carter
    £13.99

    * A selection of the best colour photography from IWM's stunning collection * Powerful colour images bring the Second World War to life * Written by Ian Carter, Senior Curator of IWM's Photograph Archive

  • - Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
     
    £22.49

    The major art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London marked one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War. Featuring forewords by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper and stunning photography of the installation, this is the only official publication to mark this landmark event.

  • - His Finest Quotes, 1939-1945
    by Jonathan Asbury
    £9.49

    * Uncovers the first-hand story of Churchill's Second World War as it unfolded at the time * Features quotations from Churchill's speeches, articles, letters and secret memos * Gathers together wartime quotations about Britain's bulldog leader * Accompanying narrative provides context and commentary * Features around 100 images

  • by Peter Taylor
    £7.99

    * An eccentric encyclopaedia of the Second World War: the bizarre, baffling and amusing. * Contains over 250 colour and black & white images showcasing some of the weird and wonderful material from IWM's unparalleled archive. * A visually appealing gift format with fascinating and unusual facts, easy for readers to dip into

  • - The Truth Behind the Poster
    by Bex Lewis
    £5.99

    * Reveals the story behind the infamous 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster * Gives readers insight into this worldwide phenomenon: Why was the poster created? Why was it never used? When was it rediscovered, and why did it become so incredibly popular? * Illustrated throughout with colour posters and photographs from IWM's unparalleled archive

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    £7.49

    'The English have for centuries been a puzzle to the people of other countries', explains this guide produced for overseas forces stationed in England during the Second World War. The English and Their Country attempts to solve this puzzle, providing an account of English characteristics for confused guests.

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    £5.94

    This gift book is collection of delightful and unusual recipes from the Second World War. Taken from the archives of IWM, the recipes show the ingenuity and creativity behind dishes rustled up out of meagre rations. With colour images of wartime posters throughout, it is a fascinating look into what people ate in wartime.

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