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Photo gallery: our work in the Second World War

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War when Red Cross volunteers around the world joined forces to help those in need.

During the First World War, the British Red Cross and the Order of St John worked together to help sick and wounded servicemen.

When war broke out in 1939, our two organisations again worked together and formed the Joint War Organisation. Trained volunteers (known as VADs, or voluntary aid detachments) served both at home and overseas in various roles – as nurses and welfare officers, civil defence workers and ambulance drivers.

These photos show some of the incredible ways Red Cross volunteers helped soldiers and civilians in the UK and overseas.

View these photos on Flickr

To see more information on these photos follow the link above or select the full screen view (bottom right icon) and click "show info" (top right).

Change the speed of the slideshow by clicking 'Options' (at the top right of the screen when the player is full screen). You can also pause the slideshow by clicking on the button on the bottom left of the screen.

To exit the full screen player, press Esc.

Listen to our podcast interviewing people from the Channel Islands about their memories of the occupation and how the Red Cross helped.

Find out more about our history

Read about how the Red Cross protects people in conflict today

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