Witnesses of War
German artillery soldiers during the war against the Soviet Union
In these pages you will be able to read postcards, letters and government documents, view images of war captured by official government photographers, soldiers and also the civilian population and and listen to first-hand accounts of life during the conflicts.
Due to the wider availability of cameras in the twentieth century there exists a vast library of photographs which help us to understand how people's lives were affected by the hostilities. Personal letters and postcards give us a real insight into the daily lives of the millions of soldiers and civilians caught up in the great conflicts of the twentieth century. Documents and images produced and issued by government propaganda departments show us how many nations invested large sums of money in their attempt to win the psychological war. Most importantly of all, the first-hand accounts of those who lived through conflicts help us to appreciate what people experienced in the dark days of the wars.
You will also be able to watch and listen to first-hand accounts from people who lived through the Second World War. They will tell you about how life changed for them at the outbreak of war, the jobs they found themselves doing, the way they were affected by rationing and how they dealt with the terror of bombing during the blitz.
War Witness takes a look at the ways in which the progress and the effects of war were captured for future generations to read about and view. What can photographs tell...
In these pages you will be able to see and hear members of the community talking about living through the long years of the Second World War. They talk about how their lives changed over the...