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BBC History launches WWII bookazine

BBC History Magazine has launched a 116-page bookazine, The Second World War Story, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

Priced £5.99, the perfect bound title will be on sale exclusively at WH Smith from 15 September and has an initial print run of 30,000.  

The special edition is a comprehensive guide to the conflict and features a collection of the best articles on the Second World War from past issues of BBC History Magazine, alongside specially commissioned features by the country’s leading historians and first-hand accounts from war veterans.

Content includes: a pictorial timeline by Terry Charman of the Imperial War Museum; features on the Battle of Britain, the D-Day campaign and VE Day; and a guide to researching ancestors who fought in the war.

Dave Musgrove, Editor of BBC History Magazine, commented: “The 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War marks a poignant time to reflect on the story of the conflict. This new BBC History Magazine special edition brings together a selection of features from big name historians charting how and why some of the key moments in the war came about.”

BBC History Magazine

The BBC says: “BBC History Magazine is the biggest selling and most authoritative history magazine in the UK. It has a monthly circulation of 63,888 (ABC Jan-Jun 2009) and is published by BBC Magazines Bristol, a trading name of Bristol Magazines Ltd., which is a subsidiary of BBC Worldwide Ltd., the main commercial consumer arm of the BBC.”

About BBC Worldwide

The BBC says: “BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has seven core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Digital Media, Sales & Distribution, Magazines, Home Entertainment and Global Brands. In 2008/09, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £102.6 million (before exceptionals) on sales of over £1 billion.  

BBC Worldwide was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April 2009. This prestigious award for International Trade recognised the company’s substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success at outstanding levels, based on 3 years’ trading results, which benefit the UK creative industries and ultimately the licence fee payer.”