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Why Farmers Painted Their Cows During The Blitz

As part of Forces TV's series looking at some of Britain's most popular museums, we now turn the spotlight on the Imperial War Museum North...

As part of Forces TV's series looking at some of Britain's most popular museums, we now turn the spotlight on the Imperial War Museum North, in Manchester.
 
The first IWM branch outside of the south of England, it tells everyday stories of how people coped during war.
 
One of the more unusual tales it brings to life is that of farmers during the conflict who used to paint their cows.
 
The animals were recognised as potential traffic hazards during the blackouts, leading some crafty men of the earth to daub them with white stripes so they could be seen by motorists.
 
It's a little snapshot of how the Second World War changed things on the home front, as well as for those who fought.
 
Also featured are harrowing accounts of those who became POW's, including Captain Ronnie Horner, who suffered and survived horrific conditions after being captured by the Japanese.
 
The exhibit includes a harrowing comparison between the belt he wore as he started his time in captivity, and the one he was wearing prior to his rescue - click below to have a look.
 
 
Cover image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
 
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