Liverpool’s Home Guard

Liverpool’s Home Guard

On the evening of Tuesday May 14th 1940, newly appointed Secretary of State for War Anthony Eden made a vital appeal to the nation. He spoke gravely on the BBC of the German invasion of France and the Low Countries. It was a new way of fighting – and it was not going...
Tommy Handley

Tommy Handley

Liverpool entertainer Tommy Handley was so popular during the Second World War that the whole nation stopped to listen to his radio programme. In fact, a member of the Royal Household said if the war were to end between 8.30 and 9.00pm on a Thursday evening, no-one...
D-Day

D-Day

The announcement everyone was waiting for arrived in Manchester over a makeshift tannoy at the Army Equipment exhibition in Manchester. Soldiers and civilians alike craned their heads towards the loudspeaker which suddenly crackled into life. A monotone voice...
Images of War

Images of War

Worshippers prayed in silence in St Anne’s Church as the first news of the Normandy landings reached Manchester on Tuesday June 6th 1944. Others crowded round loudspeakers as allied troops made their way into Northern France to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny....