Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941
Men of the Long Range Desert Group relax with cigarettes after returning to headquarters at the end of a desert patrol, Siwa, Libya, 1942
Cecil Beaton portrait of Winston Churchill at his seat in the Cabinet Room at No 10 Downing Street, London.
The western bell towers of St Paul's Cathedral in London seen through an archway after the heavy incendiary raid of 29 December 1940.
A portrait by Cecil Beaton of the pilot and co-pilot of a Wellington bomber of No. 149 Squadron in 1941.
The Royal Air Force: The rear gunner in his position in a Wellington bomber.
A British sailor uses a sewing machine to repair a signal flag on board the armed merchant cruiser HMS ALCANTARA en route to Sierra Leone, 1942
A Cecil Beaton photograph of the navigator working at his chart table in an RAF Stirling bomber, 1941.
A soldier battling his way through a sandstorm in the Western Desert during 1942.
A Cecil Beaton portrait of a member of the Women's Royal Naval Service equipped for gardening duties.
Flying Officer Neville Duke of No 92 (East India) Squadron with his Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, 1941. After the war, Neville Duke became one of Britain's leading test pilots and broke the World Air Speed Record in 1953
Alexandria : No. 230 Squadron RAF Sunderland Flying Boat Station. Portrait of an airman standing inside a Sunderland.
Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia, at New Delhi, India, 1944
Cecil Beaton photograph of an RAF bomber crew being debriefed by the squadron intelligence officer on their return from a night raid over Germany, 1941.
Cecil Beaton portrait photograph of a Royal Air Force officer in the Western Desert, 1942.
Cecil Beaton portrait of a British tank driver peering out of his Grant tank in North Africa, 1942.
Eileen Dunne, aged three, sits in bed with her doll at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, after being injured during an air raid on London in September 1940.
Cecil Beaton portrait of an Indian naval rating operating a signal lamp on the sloop SUTLEJ at the Royal Indian Naval Station at Calcutta, 1944.
The Western Desert 1942: Head and shoulders portrait of a bearded member of the Long Range Desert Group wearing a woolly cap at the wheel of his jeep.
Cecil Beaton photograph of a British soldier drinking tea next to a Red Cross mobile tea wagon at Calcutta airport in 1944.
Having removed their turbans, Muslim and Hindhu Sikh police recruits are instructed in drill at a Frontier Constabulary training establishment, Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, India, 1944
The Axis Offensive 1941 - 1942: Remains of German tanks form circular patterns in the sand at Sidi Rezegh in Libya.