As war broke out in September 1939, a National Register was taken, recording the names and details of 41 million civilians in England and Wales.

In this exclusive video, broadcaster and author Andrew Marr explains the extraordinary significance of this unique record set.


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As war broke out in September 1939, a National Register was taken, recording the names and details of 41 million civilians in England and Wales....

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