IT MIGHT seem like ancient history to these lads, but they realise how important the Second World War was in shaping their 21st century lives.
And helping bring it home to them is a new series of fully-illustrated books from The News.
The pupils at the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School, Hilsea, already study the Second World War as part of the national curriculum, but these volumes bring it alive for them.
Headteacher Mike Smith said: ‘History plays a vital role in shaping the world in which young people grow up.
‘If the young people of today do not learn the lessons of history, particularly those of the Second World War which shaped the Europe in which we live today, we are destined to repeat those mistakes.’
He added: ‘Books like this help towards making young people good citizens of the future,’
You can build your collection over the next six months into a 24-volume encyclopaedia which covers everything from the build-up to the war through Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and D-Day to the blitz, the holocaust and Japan’s surrender.
Thousands of readers claimed their free first volume with the paper last Saturday and a voucher to claim the second for just £2.99 will appear in The News next Tuesday
Andrew Whitmarsh, the military history officer for Portsmouth museums and records service, is stocking the books at the D-Day Museum on Southsea seafront.
He said: ‘They’re very accessible and are written clearly and concisely with plenty of excellent illustrations.
‘I’m impressed by them because they are aimed at people who perhaps do not know all the detail of the Second World War.’
Each Tuesday from October 4 a voucher will appear in The News which will entitle you to buy each book for just £2.99.
The books are available from all participating newsagents. For more information about your closest participating newsagent call our customer service line on (023) 9262 2207.
If you have your paper delivered, contact the retailer who handles your delivery and they will take you through the process of getting the book each week.