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.
A female member of Air Raid Precautions staff applies her lipstick between emergency calls.
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 portrait of a member of the Women's Royal Naval Service equipped for gardening duties.
A soldier battling his way through a sandstorm in the Western Desert during 1942.
A Cecil Beaton photograph of the navigator working at his chart table in an RAF Stirling bomber, 1941.
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