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A multimedia resource on WW2 history brought to you by the award winning historian and filmmaker Laurence Rees. More about us

  • Auschwitz

    Laurence's award winning book
    This is still Amazon's bestselling book on the history of the camp and the 'Final Solution'.

  • Laurence Rees' Blog

    Hilter and Putin
    Are there any parallels between Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin?

  • Expert interviews

    World class historians
    Many of the greatest WW2 experts in the world are interviewed at length, exclusively for WW2History.com.

  • Video

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    Western

    1942

    'Area' bombing
    The RAF began the war with the policy of targeting enemy military or industrial targets. But then, early in 1942, that policy suddenly changed to embrace the deliberate destruction of civilians. Why?

  • Testimony

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    7:34

    Western

    1944

    US soldier, Omaha Beach
    Joseph Argenzio volunteered to serve in the US army when he was still underage, and fought on Omaha Beach on D-Day - a spot which, on 6 June 1944, was one of the most dangerous places in the world to be.

  • Key Moment

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    Pacific

    1945

    Nuclear bomb on Hiroshima
    An American B-29 Superfortress, flown by Paul Tibbets and nicknamed ‘Enola Gay’ after his mother, dropped an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima about 500 miles south west of Tokyo.

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More information on Laurence Rees

  • Laurence Rees

    Laurence Rees is an acclaimed historian and filmmaker who has specialised in writing books and making TV documentary series about the Second World War for twenty years. In 2006 he won the British Book Award for history book of the year for 'Auschwitz: the Nazis and the 'Final Solution''. His many television awards include a BAFTA, a Grierson Award, a Broadcasting Press Guild Award, a BANFF festival award, an International Documentary Award, a Broadcast Award and a George Foster Peabody Award.
    Read Laurence Rees’ full biography

  • "Rees knows a vast amount about the Second World War and his judgments can seldom be faulted."
    Sir Max Hastings, Sunday Times.

    "Scholars across the world owe a considerable debt of gratitude to Laurence Rees for his immense and unique contribution to historical understanding."
    From the citation awarding Laurence Rees an Honorary Doctorate, University of Sheffield

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