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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

  • HITLER AND STALIN

    The Tyrants and WW2
    Laurence Rees' new book, 'Hitler and Stalin: The Tyrants and the Second World War' can now be pre-ordered.

  • Laurence Rees' Blog

    The Holocaust
    A selection of the reviews of Laurence Rees' Holocaust book.

  • 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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    8:12

    Eastern

    1943

    Stalingrad
    The battle of Stalingrad is believed by many to be one of the iconic events of the Second World War. But how did the Red Army gain victory?

  • Testimony

    LISTEN
    5:46

    Western

    1944

    Member of US bomber crew
    Clarence Roundtree arrived in Britain in May 1944 as part of an American bomber crew with the US 8th Army Air Force. The daylight operations he and his comrades flew were some of the most dangerous of the war.

  • Key Moment

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    Western

    1943

    Tehran Conference begins
    The most important Allied conference of the war was held in Tehran, Iran between 28 November and 1 December. Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met together for the very first time.

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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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