The Story of Liberation

1944

The world is at war.

Much of Europe and the Far East is occupied by forces of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

But the tide was about to turn.

Through our timeline, discover the courage and sacrifice of those who served 75 years ago, and our commitment to ensure they are never forgotten.

 
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MARCH 1944

Great Escape

By 1944, tens of thousands of Commonwealth service personnel had become prisoners of war. But captivity did not always mean an end to resistance. On the night of 24 March 1944, there was a mass break out from a German prisoner of war camp in Poland. Seventy-six men escaped captivity - it became known as the ‘Great Escape’.

 
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APRIL 1944

Kohima and Imphal

Visitors to CWGC Kohima War Cemetery in north-eastern India might be surprised when they reach the heart of the cemetery and find a tennis court. This unusual memorial is carefully maintained in memory of those who fought and died at Kohima in 1944. They could not have known it at the time but the holding of this tennis court would be a turning point of the war against the Japanese.

 
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MAY 1944

Cassino

Perhaps the greatest Allied victory of the Second World War in the Mediterranean was won at Cassino in 1944. Alongside their allies, Commonwealth soldiers fought in winter snow and summer heat across the mountains, over ravines and rivers, and through ruined streets, meeting tenacious German resistance at every turn. Cassino was one of the hardest won battles of the war.

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JUNE 1944

Normandy

6 June 1944 saw over 150,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of France. But what began as ‘the longest day’ soon became a fiercely-fought campaign, with casualty rates comparable to those in the great First World War battles.

 
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SEPTEMBER 1944

Arnhem

The Dutch town of Arnhem saw one of the most dramatic incidents of the Allies’ advance towards Germany, when an airborne landing failed to capture its crossing over the Rhine, later immortalised as ‘a bridge too far’.

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