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Dover in the Second World War - Introduction

Dover's unique position only 22 miles from the French coast thrust her  into the front line during the Second World War, when her traditional  role of guardian of the Straits was never more greatly tested. The town stood as a symbol of Britain's defiance in the face of Nazi  hostility and quickly earned her the title of "Hellfire Corner" as she bore  the brunt of enemy shelling. The White Cliffs of Dover came to  symbolise the hopes for peace, as summed up in the famous wartime  song.
Bombs falling in the harbour Anti-Aircraft Gun on the Seafront. Barrage Balloon in the Granville Gardens. Back to Second World War Index