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Learn about the history of your souvenir coin!

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Your coin year: 1944

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Although the war was now almost over, this was still a very scary time for British children.  The V1 and V2 rocket attacks were claiming many lives, which led to another evacuation of children  from the cities, and up to 1.5 million people had left by September, including men and women as well as children.

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

22nd January 1944: The allies land at Anzio, Italy and enter Rome by June.

 

6th June 1944: The D-Day landings launch the Allied invasion of mainland Europe.

 

13th June 1944: The first V1 missile hits the UK, weighing one ton and travelling at 350 miles an hour.

 

19th August 1944: Paris is liberated by the allies.

 

8th September 1944:  The first V2 missile hits the UK, weighing 13 tonnes and travelling at 3000 miles an hour, killing 3 people.

Due to the shortage of cloth and silk, women often found it difficult to buy stockings in the war, so they used gravy browning and pencils to paint fake ones on their legs!

What happened in the war in this year?

In June of this year, one of the most important events of World War Two happened when over 300,000 soldiers, airmen and sailors invaded northern France at a  place called Normandy.  The raid started with a daring attack by gliders at a place called 'Pegasus Bridge', which was captured just 12 minutes after the gliders had landed in the dark!

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