A woman fixing her mattress and pillows on the top bunk as she prepares for a nights sleep in an air raid shelter during the Blitz, November 1940 (b/w photo)

world war II - woman A woman fixing her mattress and pillows on the top bunk as she prepares for a nights sleep in an air raid shelter during the Blitz, November 1940 (b/w photo)

An air-raid warden phones from a shattered booth after a bombing raid. London, 1940.   George Rodger

An Air-raid Warden phones from a shattered booth after a bombing raid in London, 1940 (George Rodger)

Saving ration coupons for stockings during World War II, a woman in the United Kingdom paints her legs with dark paint so that it appears as though she is wearing stockings.

Stockings were very important and sexy but during the war due to rations drawing a line in eye liner and browing your legs with gravy granules was the only way and now due to the credit crunch, its probably is still a good option.

Children gardening during their holidays at a school in Cobham, Surrey, August 1940.

Dig for victory: vegetable growing during WWII in pics

Children gardening during their holiday's at a school in Cobham, Surrey, August

The courage and the compassion: A remarkable new book reveals the gruelling work faced by nurses during World War Two

The courage and the compassion: A remarkable new book reveals the gruelling work faced by nurses during World War Two

The aftermath of a bombing at a hospital in November, 1940 (Frank Rust / Daily Mail / Rex Features)

The Women's Land Army (WLA): A group of happy Land Army girls in the back of an OHMS truck, Devon, England.  WOMEN HOME FRONT 1939 - 1945 (D 21958)

Gente della Guerra Women's Land Army (WLA): A group of happy Land Army girls in the back of an OHMS truck, Devon, England.

Circa 1940, London: A family, homeless and injured, having lost their home to German bombs, but still seemingly cheerful, pictured in south west London (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Circa London: A family, homeless and injured, having lost their home to German bombs, but still seemingly cheerful, pictured in south west London (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Land girls and British soldiers at a dance near the Women's Land Army forestry training camp in Suffolk, 1943. Dancing was a very popular pastime during the war. In some of the larger Mecca dance halls, up to 10,000 people might visit every week. Girls working long hours in industry still managed to find the energy to go dancing, despite a lack of male partners or limited refreshments in smaller venues.

Land Girls and British soldiers at a dance in a large hall, near the Women's Land Army forestry training camp at Culford, Suffolk, May 1943 ~

Two British sailors and their girlfriends wading in the fountains in Trafalgar Square on VE Day, 8 MAY 1945.

British sailors celebrate VE Day with their girlfriends in the fountains at Trafalgar Square. London, England, U. 8 May 1945

Members of the Women's Land Army training at East Melling, near Maidstone, in Kent. September 22, 1943

World War 2 in pictures: Gathering the war-time harvest

The Women’s Land Army, often referred to as “The Forgotten Army”, was actually formed in 1917 by Roland Prothero, the then Minister for Agriculture. With 6 million men away to fig…

Mannequins are blown onto the pavement after a bombing raid on Piccadilly in London during the first phase of the blitz in October 1940. London was bombed for 76 consecutive nights by the Luftwaffe.

London's Piccadilly during the second world war and now – interactive

Mannequins are blown onto the pavement after a bombing raid on Piccadilly in London during the first phase of the blitz in October 1940 - London was bombed for 76 consecutive nights by the Luftwaffe

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