— World War Two Northern Ireland —

Stories

Many stories of Northern Ireland during World War Two are familiar such as the Belfast Blitz or the arrival of the American GIs but others are less known.

The first wave of US army troops arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 26th January 1942. The event is commemorated still on a stone monument to the front of City Hall.

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Scott Edgar – World War Two Northern Ireland.

— Aerial Warfare —

Northern Ireland’s Battle of Britain heroes

The Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over the United Kingdom in 1940. Of those Churchill called "The Few", twenty-eight came from Northern Ireland.

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— Everyday Life —

Ulster Grand Prix Road Races

The Ulster Grand Prix began in 1922 on a circuit near RAF Aldergrove. Races in the years before and after World War Two were greatly different than today.

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— Everyday Life —

The Auxiliary Fire Service

The Auxiliary Fire Service formed across the UK in 1938 as a response to the threat from the Luftwaffe. The AFS was invaluable to Belfast in the 1941 blitz.

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— American GIs —

Baseball in Northern Ireland

By 1942, America had joined World War Two and those men based in Northern Ireland brought some home comforts including the national past time of baseball.

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— American GIs —

War Tees Off on the Golf Courses

Northern Ireland has a world-famous relationship with the game of golf and one of today's top superstars reveals he has a passion for World War Two history.

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— American GIs —

Activating the US Army Rangers

Sunnylands Camp near Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim was the setting for the activation of William O Darby's 1st Battalion US Army Rangers on 19th June 1942.

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— Belfast Blitz —

Belfast Blitz Tour on Translink Metro

We have put together a tour of Belfast's Blitz sites that you can visit by public transport just in time for Translink Bus and Train Week in June 2017.

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— Aerial Warfare —

Spitfire R6992 crash in Monaghan

In May 2017, archaeologists from Belfast were part of a team to unearth Spitfire R6992 in Monaghan. Piloted by Gordon Hayter Proctor, it crashed in 1942.

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— Naval Warfare —

The German U-Boats Surrender

On Monday 14th May 1945, the first eight defeated German U-boats sailed into Lisahally, Co. Londonderry where they surrendered to Admiral Sir Max Horton.

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— Everyday Life —

North West 200 Road Races

The North West 200 is one of Northern Ireland's largest annual sporting events having started in 1929. What happened to road racing during World War Two?

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