Seventy years ago today the Second World War started.

Well, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, which soon led to Britain being at war with Germany. But Japanese expansionism had been taking place in Asia for many years previously. In Spain the fascists had already fought against the democrats and their allies and won. The conflict between Germany and the USSR did not get started until 1941. Similarly,  the United States didn’t join in properly for another two years.

So commerating the moment when WW2 started really depends upon national perspective. Becoming overly fixated upon defining dates can actually get in the way of a sound historical appreciation of events. That’s what I’ve always told myself anyway!

Why not come along to the Imperial War Museum and look at the new exhibition ‘Outbreak’?




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