Monday, April 26, 2010, launching 4th May 2010

A vast new paid website about World War II will be launched next week. This multimedia resource aims to provide a growing archive of audio, visual and text information about the most devastating conflict in history. The project was created by Laurence Rees, filmmaker and author of seven books on the second world war, besides a long career at the BBC. Some of the world's most eminent historians are also to appear in the project, including Ian Kershaw, the leading authority on the rise of Adolf Hitler.

Users of will be charged £4.99 for 24 hours' access, or £6.99 for the first month and £3.99 for each subsequent month, The Guardian reports.

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