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BEHIND THE IMAGE: Inside the Fortress

It looks like the interior of a spaceship. But the shimmering framework is that of a B-17F, under construction at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California, in 1942.

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BEHIND THE IMAGE: The Liberation of Paris, August 1944

De Gaulle strode down the centre of the grand route, hailed by banners that proclaimed, ‘Long live de Gaulle’ and ‘De Gaulle to power’ – but his journey to this moment of triumph had not been by any means inevitable, and a few hours later it may even have ended in tragedy.

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