World War 2

World War 2 (1 September 1939 – 2 September 1945). The devastation caused by WW2 was immense, alongside the rise of Adolf Hitler and his plans for world domination.

World War 2 Artefacts


Following the invention of the long-range bomber during World War 2, the government estimated that up to 600,000 civilians might be killed in the first few months of a conflict. 1 September 1939, 1.5 million evacuees were sent to rural locations that were considered safe. Llandudno had proved itself logistically capable of hosting large numbers of troops during World War 1 and it was on the limit of German bombers’ flight range.

While soldiers battled, people on the home front rationed and recycled, to provide supplies for their soldiers in addition to keeping homes running and preparing for attacks and invasion on home soil. In January 1940, the British government re-introduced food rationing. By the end of 1940, Llandudno was home to over 4,000 Inland Revenue staff and their families, the Royal Artillery’s Coastal Gunnery School, US Army personnel, and evacuees of all types.

World War 2 Child Gas Mask with Poster

WW2 Child Gas Mask with Poster

Infant Gas Mask

Infant Gas Mask

Infant Gas Mask

Infant Gas Mask

world war 2 Medical Bag

WW2 Medical Bag

WW2 Telegraphist Dilys Price, 1945

WW2 Telegraphist Dilys Price, 1945

Letter to Gunner Edwards Page 1

Letter to Gunner Edwards Page 1

Letter to Gunner Edwards Page 2

Letter to Gunner Edwards Page 2

Original Envelope

Original Envelope

Wartime Train in Llandudno Railway Station

Wartime Train in Llandudno Railway Station

WW2 Book Four Years, The Story of the 5th Battalion Caernarvonshire Home Guard

WW2 Book Four Years, The Story of the 5th Battalion Caernarvonshire Home Guard

VE Day Celebrations on the Promenade

VE Day Celebrations on the Promenade

WW2 Poster

WW2 Poster

World War 2 Wartime Recruitment Letter

Railways Wartime Recruitment Letter