Cowes at War
During the 2nd World War, Cowes was a very different place from now. armed forces from several nations swelled the local population, preparing for a possible Nazi invasion and Europe's eventual liberation. Local firms were engaged in vital war work, particularly in building warships and planes. It was a time of high alert and privation.
This, the first exhibition of the newly formed Cowes Heritage, sought to capture what it was like living in the town during a period when the country faced the real threat of destruction. This threat was very real on the night of 4/5 May 1942 when waves of bombers sought to annihilate both Cowes and East Cowes. It was only due to the brave efforts of defenders, particularly the crew of the Polish destroyer, Blyskawica, that the raid largely failed. A Cowes at War DVD is available at various Isle of Wight retail outlets, and also through Shop on this web site.
Chausser Q015 - Free French submarine chassers in the River Medina.