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Oxford history graduate begins marathon WWII Twitter project


By John Glenday, Reporter

November 9, 2011 | 1 min read

An Oxford University history graduate has today begun a six year long project designed to tweet significant chronological events from WWII – as they happened.

Alwyn Collinson, 24, embarked on the ambitious task – which includes up to 40 tweets a day, as a means to bring history to life.

Already his account, @RealTimeWWII, has gathered 45,000 followers keen to keep tabs on the Nazi advance across Europe.

Incorporating eyewitness testimony, contemporary photography and newsreel footage it aims to “help people feel like they’re there”.

Collinson said: ““I'm hoping to use Twitter to help bring the past to life, helping people understand the past as people at the time saw it, without the benefit of hindsight,” he said.

“I want them to see that people then were just like they are.”


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