Some of the wartime infrastructure was used after the war officially ended and many of the remains can still be seen today.
The Nissan huts built in the grounds of Lowther castle to house the tank regiments during the war were later used to house displaced Polish refugees.
In 1945, 300 traumatised Jewish children from Nazi concentration camps were flown from Prague to Crosby in Eden, Carlisle. They were brought to Windermere to recuperate, and became known locally as the ‘Windermere boys’. It was thought that the landscape of the Lake District would aid the recovery of the children.
Find out more at From Auschwitz to Ambleside and watch out for repeats of the BBC programme The Orphans Who Survived The Concentration Camps.
There is a memorial on the summit of Great Carrs in Coniston Parish, which marks the site of a crashed Halifax bomber. Sadly eight men lost their lives in the crash, seven were Canadian and one British.
We've created several World War II-related activities:
Created with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund