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Forest's wartime effort commemorated
Researchers have spent months recording the memories of people who lived and worked in the Forest during the darkest days of the conflict.
Family photographs, military intelligence reports and previously secret memos have been used to build up a picture of what life was like.
The outcome of the project was celebrated at a special event held in the suitable historic setting of Hurst Castle, a coastal defence installation during the war.
Previously unseen photographs taken in the Forest between 1939 and 1945 were among the items on display.
The New Forest Remembers World War II project was launched by the National Park Authority (NPA) to document a unique chapter in the area's history.
Dr Andy Brown of English Heritage, which owns Hurst Castle, congratulated those involved in the project, saying it would inspire similar schemes elsewhere in the UK.
An NPA spokesman said volunteers had recorded more than 48 hours of oral history as well as taking part in surveys of wartime sites.
Friends of New Forest Airfields were among the other organisations that took part in the event.
Eleven airfields or Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) were built or expanded between 1941 and 1943.
Most of the ALGs were used for only a few weeks in the run-up to the D-Day landings before being dismantled shortly afterwards.
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