World War Two was the biggest war ever fought – lasting close to six years in Europe, 80 million people were killed in the conflict.
The most important dates are really about context, and these would be different depending which country you’re from. However, a number of dates are clearly pivotal moments over the course of the entire war, and we’ve collected five from each of the European and Eastern theatres to put into a graphic.
The date for the start of the war is 1-3 September 1939 – when Germany invaded Poland and then France and Britain declared war on Germany.
The Lancaster Bomber is one of the most iconic aircraft of World War Two. It entered service in early 1941 and went on to be Britain’s main heavy bomber aircraft during the War, serving predominantly on night-time bombing raids of German-occupied Europe. Its effectiveness ensured that the Lancaster proved central to the successful Allied bombing strategy from 1942 onwards.Watch Now
Andrew Roberts shares a selection of items from his Winston Churchill collection, documenting the fascinating life of one of Britain's most iconic figures.Watch Now
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