world war 2

incendiary-bomb-tail photography by Harris Digital

Incendiary Bombs

What was an incendiary bomb? Incendiary bombs were filled with highly flammable (easy to set on fire) substances which would start fires once they had

Identity card photography by Harris Digital

Identity Cards

What were identity cards? Identity cards (or National Registration Cards) were introduced by the government during World War II. Written on them was the owner’s

Self help booklet photography by Harris Digital

World War 2 Self-Help Booklets

What were the booklets for? Because of rationing people didn’t have access to as many supplies as they had done before the war. There were

Ration Book photography by Harris Digital


What was rationing? During World War II the government limited the amount of food and other items which British people could buy. This was called

Gas Mask photography by Harris Digital

Gas masks during the war

What is a gas mask? A gas mask is a mask which is placed over the face to stop the user from breathing in dangerous

The Blackout

When did the blackout begin in Britain? The blackout began on September 1st 1939, two days before Britain declared war on Germany. What was the