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Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis; Winston Churchill; Wladyslaw Anders

2 of 3 portraits of Wladyslaw Anders

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Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis; Winston Churchill; Wladyslaw Anders

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, August 1944
5 1/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (129 mm x 96 mm) image size
Photographs Collection
NPG x199247

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  • Place made: Italy (Near Siena, Italy)

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Current affairs

London is hit by the V1 Flying Bomb. This weapon, developed by the German Luftwaffe and colloquially known as the 'Buzz Bomb', or 'Doodlebug', was the first guided missile and was used for attacks on targets in England and Belgium.

Art and science

Laurence Olivier's epic film version of Henry V is released. Olivier directed and starred in the film, which was partly funded by the British government in recognition of its morale-boosting patriotic appeal. The cast included service men as Henry's army.

International

France is liberated from German-occupation following the Battle for Normandy. Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of occupied-France led by Field Marshall Montgomery, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million soldiers crossing the channel from England to France. Troops landed on the 6th June (D-Day), and Paris was liberated in late August.

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Vincent Nobel

14 November 2016, 13:17

the chair that the gentleman on the left is sitting in is known as a Roorkhee chair, an invention of the British army as a chair that can easily be disassembled for travel. These campaign chairs have seen something of a resurgence in popularity over the course of the 20th century, leading to Kaare Klint's Safari Chair as a most direct descendant, and further through the century to derivatives such as the Charles Pollock leather sling chair. Currently the originals are experiencing popularity in the USA where woodworkers are making copies inspired by Christopher Schwarz' book and DVD about these chairs.