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.