Tag: WW2

The Royal Air Force is the world’s oldest independent air force, formed towards the end of WWI on 1st April 2018.  It was to become the largest air force in the world, and has since played an invaluable role in British military history particularly during WWII and the Battle of Britain. The beginning In April 1911, an air Battalion of the British army’s Royal Engineers…

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Tony Vaccaro: Photographing WWII

Posted by Published on March 14, 2018

Bridgeman Copyright artist, the renowned lifestyle and fashion photographer Tony Vaccaro has lived an amazing life. He has traveled the world, photographing the most prominent personalities of the 20th century while working for Flair, Look and Life magazines – including Picasso, Duchamp, Muhammad Ali and Sofia Lauren. His photography career started however in less glamorous circumstances. In 1943 he joined the Allies in World War II…

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The Stories behind the Bedrooms

Posted by Published on June 2, 2017

Whether you’re royalty or struggling to make ends meet we all need to sleep and therefore need a bedroom. These are the secret spaces of our lives. Or not so secret spaces – we’ve compiled some of the stories behind the bedrooms. Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) 1939-58 Now Pope Pius XII was the Pope during the Second World War. Though he did not publicly…

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The year 2019 will mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, one of the most historic events in British History. Discover the impact and significant this event had on the winning of World War II. On June 6th 1944, Allied forces launched a full forced attack to regain Nazi-occupied France. This date marked the beginning of The Battle of Normandy. Code-named Operation Overlord, it began the slow and lengthy process…

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The Cold War on Film

Posted by Published on May 23, 2017

Archival footage captures the tension and turmoil between the Democratic West and Soviet East after World War Two.  The Cold War began soon after the end of WWII and escalated into a long period of fraught tension between the world’s two “superpowers”: the democracies of the Western world, led by the United States, and the communist states of Eastern Europe, led by the Soviet Union….

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Call Yourself a Film Buff?

Posted by Published on March 23, 2017

Welcome to Buff Films, a fascinating private collection from renowned filmmaker John Edwards. Covering the history of flight, NATO promo films from the 70s and 80s, and historical documentary and newsreel footage throughout the 20th century, this rich and exclusive collection is fully available through Bridgeman Footage. First flights Charting the progression of aircraft technology from the very beginning, Buff Films is home to a…

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Top 10 Historical Anniversaries: 2017

Posted by Published on January 5, 2017

  January: the month of resolutions and good intentions. Whether it’s for work or leisure, the New Year brings a desire to self-improve but often without the know-how to do so.  Do you need to enhance your creativity or develop new ideas?  To help you get the creative juices flowing, why not draw your inspiration from the past?  The Bridgeman archive has a range of…

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Since its creation over 150 years ago, the London underground network has expanded to service 270 stations, becoming the second largest metro system in the world and establishing some of the most iconic and recognisable designs of the 21st century. Over the years the London Underground has certainly had an eventful history, and now it is expected to transform London and the transport industry even further with…

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Lest we forget: the politics of war

Posted by Published on October 20, 2016

  On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,  the First World War ended.  Each year we mark this day on the second Sunday of November: Remembrance day.  With the centenary of the armistice in two year’s time, remembering the significance of the war and the lives lost is as important as ever. The impact of World War I was felt throughout…

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8 May 1945 was Victory in Europe (VE) Day, and it marked the formal conclusion of Hitler’s war. Celebrations erupted throughout the world, captured by newsreel footage and photographers. The final document of unconditional surrender was signed at General Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims on 7 May. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and King George VI wanted Monday 7 May to be VE Day, but in…

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