World War Two

My Father Helped Give Refugees A Safer Life In Britain, 77 Years Later I'm Asking Theresa May To Do The Same

Barbara Winton | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Barbara Winton

My father, Nicholas Winton, witnessed the appalling conditions children were enduring in the refugee camps in Czechoslovakia in 1939 and determined to give them the chance of a better, safer life by bringing them to Britain. Those who have travelled across Europe to Calais, to escape the life-threatening dangers of their home country, are hoping desperately to find the sanctuary their parents dared to believe Britain would once again offer.

Obama: Why an Apology Is Necessary

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

The truth is the bombs didn't just drop from the sky - they were dropped by the United States on civilian populations. And the reality is that - contrary to conventional wisdom about the bombing - they were not necessary to bring about an end to the war. It is a recognition of this truth that is most essential. It is essential even beyond an apology, but it is what makes an apology necessary. The 'necessity of the bombing to end the war' is the foundational falsehood of the nuclear age, and it needs to be exposed and finally laid to rest.

This Holocaust Memorial Day, Let's Remember the Difference We Can Each Make

Karen Pollock | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK
Karen Pollock

This year's theme for Holocaust Memorial Day is 'Don't Stand By', and of course, the heroics of Sir Nicholas Winton - he was knighted for his efforts in 2003 - naturally spring to all of our minds when we consider what it means to stand up and be counted. We know, unfortunately, that prejudice, intolerance, racism, even antisemitism, continue to blight out world. Genocide, we know, has happened since the Holocaust, and murderous regimes continue to hold power throughout the world.

Remarkable Bunker Images Show Life Underground During The Blitz

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

A labyrinth of subterranean tunnels beneath London’s Clapham South Tube station that offered shelter to local residents during the Blitz is to be op...

Incredible Drawings Found Of Nazi 'Chocolate Boobytrap Bombs'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

Chocolate bars, cans of motor oil and thermos flasks - all seemed perfectly innocuous during the war years but newly-discovered drawings from the time...

Remembering the Bravery and Dedication of 'The Few'

Stan Hartill | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Stan Hartill

We respected them so much. The pilots were friends to the ground crew - we were sort of drinking out of the same cup - we were all living together, we spent our lifetime at the dispersal points - the pilots had their rooms and we had ours - but we were always so friendly.

With Our Unending Gratitude for the Few

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

As the nation commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this week and we honour those RAF veterans who, as Churchill said, "cast a glittering shield" to protect Great Britain, the RAF Benevolent Fund and its generous supporters worldwide have rallied in support the RAF family.

Westfield Shopping Centre Evacuates Thousands After Unexploded Bomb Is Found

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK

Westfield Shopping Centre was evacuated following the discovery of a World War Two unexploded bomb. Police, firefighters and ambulances were called...

The Real Reasons For Churchill's Success

Tom Butler Bowdon | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Butler Bowdon

Churchill's ability to capture the public imagination, his capacity to put the Hitler offensive into a grand historical perspective, and his qualities as a seer, each had something to do with his being, at heart, a writer. Yet ultimately it was his deep knowledge of Britain's military capacities, both its strengths and weaknesses, that informed the strategies which proved decisive in the war.

Poignant Moment Man Finds Long Lost Love Letter He Wrote To His Wife During WWII

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Ilene Ortiz bought an old album from a thrift store, she wasn't expecting to come across a love letter tucked inside its sleeve. Upon further...

Extraordinary Before And After Photos Show How Obliterated Dresden Was Finally Rebuilt

The Huffington Post UK | Elliot Wagland & Jack Sommers | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK

Today marks 70 years since what was arguably Europe's most beautiful city was bombed into oblivion by the Allies during the Second World War. In Fe...

Louise Ridley

How Much Did Britain Actually Know About The Holocaust? | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Huffington Post UK is running a series of pieces on how we remember the Holocaust...

Town Transformed Into Dad's Army Set

The Huffington Post UK | Press Association | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Entertainment

Hundreds of people have turned out to catch a glimpse of the stars from the new Dad's Army movie as a big, set-piece scene was filmed in a seaside tow...

Husband & Wife's First Words After 70 Years Apart Will Make You Teary

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A couple who married against their families wishes and were then torn apart from each other by war, have been reunited after 70 years. Pan Zhishan,...

Could The 1940s-Inspired 'Ration Diet' Help You Lose Weight?

Barcroft | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A woman lost seven stone and saved thousands of pounds, after putting herself on a 1940s-inspired ration diet for an entire year. Single mother-of-...

REVEALED: The Genius MI5 Plan To Stop British Nazi Sympathisers During WW2

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK

A vast network of Nazi sympathisers in Britain apparently working to undermine the country's war effort against Germany – were in fact secretly cont...

Relief Effort For UK Floods ‘Biggest Emergency Operation Since The Blitz'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK

The biggest emergency response since the Blitz has been mobilised to deal with weather battered Britain, officials have said. More fire and rescue ...

LISTEN: Scientists Smash Record For The World's Longest Echo

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have broken the record for the world's longest man-made echo. The record was smashed deep inside a giant oil storage tank, constructed d...

WATCH: Incredible Colour Film From Warsaw Uprising

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK

A trailer has been released of enhanced footage from the Warsaw Uprising during World War II. The full feature film, 'Warsaw Rising' will be releas...

Nazi Troops 'Took Crystal Meth To Stay Awake'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK

Nazi troops used crystal meth as a 'miracle pill' to stay awake during marches, according to letters from one of Germany's leading post-war writers. ...

Dambusters: Living Legacy

Clare Pelham | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK
Clare Pelham

Leonard Cheshire was one of the youngest commanding officers 617 Squadron ever had and one of the most decorated pilots of the conflict. The experiences he had during the war changed his life - and quite literally has transformed the lives of thousands of disabled people across the world.

That Mr Men Speech and Why Mr Gove Is Not Mr Right

Hilary Robinson | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

Having gone to a comprehensive school in an area of considerable social depravation I can speak for talented teachers who were specially selected for their ability to maintain control and to enthuse their students with imaginative and inspired ideas.

Why Stalingrad Matters Today

Mark Perryman | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Perryman

World War Two has become an epic of nostalgia entirely disconnected from the cause of anti-fascism, the sacrifices made by the Red Army on the Eastern Front once again hidden from history. Stalingrad, forgotten, scarcely meriting a mention in the mainstream media despite its fixation with all things WW2.

Foreign Office Bans WWII Veterans From Collecting Russian Bravery Medals

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

Thousands of World War Two veterans who took part in what Winston Churchill described as "the worst journey in the world" have been told they cannot c...

British Team Heads To Burma To Locate Buried Spitfires

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.01.2013 | UK

The difficult task of locating and excavating dozens of British Spitfires that were buried in the Burmese jungle during the Second World War is to get...