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Memorial unveiling to commemorate Battle of the River

Survivors of the first major naval battle of the Second World War will gather at the National Memorial Arboretum to unveil a memorial commemorating the event.

The Battle of the River Plate took place 75 years ago and less than a dozen veterans are still alive from this, the only episode of the war to take place in South America.

The remaining River Plate veterans will come together today to unveil the Battle of the River Plate Memorial.

Battle of the River plate Credit: Royal Navy

D-Day: 70th anniversary commemorations revealed

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings will be marked with a Red Arrows display and gathering of veterans in Portsmouth in June.

Today it was announced that the city will play a key part in events to remember the sacrifices and bravery of the servicemen during the Second World War. Many thousands of the combatants embarked from ports along the south coast. Richard Jones has this report.

Second World War defence plans go on show

Detailed plans of how a Hampshire village would have been defended during the Second World War have been made available to the public for the first time.

They were drawn up by a Home Guard commander in Beaulieu - shedding light on how serious the threat of German invasion was taken and how different real life was - from the one depicted in the old TV hit Dad's Army. Richard Jones reports.

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70 years since the brave and daring Great Escape

Video. It was one of the bravest and most daring breakouts during the Second World War, the Great Escape from prison camp Stalag Luft 3. Exactly 70 years ago, on the night of March 24th 1944, more than 70 Allied airmen escaped from the German camp through a tunnel they had been digging for a year.

Now, to mark that anniversary, one of the prisoners has been telling his remarkable story to our correspondent Malcolm Shaw.


Boys bring home bombs after metal detecting

Disposal teams have had to be called out in Kent after two 12-year-old boys brought home a pair of unexploded bombs from the Second World War.

The friends from Hawkinge discovered the rocket heads while they were metal detecting in a field just a few hundred yards from their home.

Army bomb experts told the boys that the weapons could have done serious damage to anything within six feet of them if they had gone off.

One of the boys got the metal detector for Christmas, and it was the first time they'd used it.

War Graves museum opened by Duke of Kent

The Duke of Kent today officially opened a new museum in memory of the servicemen and women who died in the two world wars.

The museum is based at the headquarters of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Berkshire and houses a collection of war memorabilia.

Our reporter Mel Bloor spoke to CWGC Director General Alan Pateman-Jones and the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner.

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