The Viking Age in Britain began about 1,200 years ago in the 9th Century AD and lasted for just over 200 years.
About the year 800, bands of fierce raiders began to attack our coasts. They were the Vikings (also called the Danes although they didn't just come from Denmark. See below).
The Vikings came across the North Sea, just as the Anglo-Saxons had done 400 years earlier. In time, like the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings made their home here. They drove the Saxons out of part of the country and took it for themselves.
King Alfred, Saxon king of Wessex, fought them in a great battle, but he could not drive them right away and had to let them have part of the country, called Danelaw.
- Where did the Vikings come from?
- Who were the Vikings?
- When did they invade Britain?
- Alfred the Great and Danelaw
- Why did the Vikings invade Britain?
- Where did the Vikings settle in Britain?
- What religion did the Vikings follow?
- What were Viking houses like?
- What were Viking clothes like?
- Other Viking websites
For almost six years from 1939 to 1945 Britain fought the toughest war it had ever experienced. World War II was total war - every person, every business, every service was involved.
Britain did not fight alone, the war also involved many countries. World War II involved 61 countries with 1.7 billion people (three quarters of the world's population).
Fifty million people lost their lives and hundreds of millions people were injured.
After World War One ended in 1918, Germany had to give up land and was banned from having armed forces.
In 1933 the German people voted for a leader named Adolf Hitler, who led a political party in Germany called the National Socialists or Nazis. Hitler promised to make his country great again and quickly began to arm Germany again and to seize land from other countries.
Shortly before 5am on Friday 1st September, 1939, German forces stormed the Polish frontier. Tanks and motorised troops raced into the country over ground, supported by Stuka dive bombers overhead. A total of 1.25 million Germans soldiers swept into Poland
World War Two in Europe began on 3rd September 1939, when the Prime Minister of Britain, Neville Chamberlain, declared war on Germany. It involved many of the world's countries.
Click on the play button below to hear Chamberlain's speech (now the full speech)
The Second World War was started by Germany in an unprovoked attack on Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany after Hitler had refused to abort his invasion of Poland.
What countries fought on which side? (Axis and Allies)
Who were the main leaders in World War Two?
How did people protect themselves during the war?
Effects of war
What effect did the war have on people?
What was the Home Front?
End of Second World War
When did World War II end?