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Learn about the history of your souvenir coin!

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Your coin year: 1942

The year before:

The year after:

Famous dates in this year:

What was life like for a WW2 child in this year?

26th January 1942: USA soldiers, sailors and airmen arrive in the UK.

 

23rd April-6th June 1942: Germany starts to bomb Britain’s historic cities in a series of air raids called the "Baedeker Raids".

 

30th May 1942: Britain's first thousand-bomber raid on a German city called Cologne.

 

13th September 1942: The Battle of Stalingrad begins in Russia, between German and Russian armies.

 

8th November 1942: Allied invasion of North Africa begins.

The estimated number of people serving in the armed forces worldwide during World War II was 1.9 billion.

What happened in the war in this year?

After Adolf Hitler had failed in his plan to invade Britain, he turned his attention towards other countries, not just in Europe but all over the world.  This meant that he was fighting in a lot of different directions at one time, which meant that the allies started to win important battles in this year such as the battle for Africa.

Second World War random fact:

One of the worst parts about living in Britain during the war was the rationing of food.   It also affected children's treats as they were only allowed a small handful of sweets each week!  However, by the end of January the American soldiers had started to arrive in the country and some children were lucky enough to be given chocolate or chewing gum by the US soldiers, after shouting the phrase "Got any gum, chum?".

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