Impoverished: Children who worked were subject to appalling conditions. Many who worked died before they reached 25

Britain's child slaves: They started at 4am, lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. Yet, says a new book, their misery helped forge Britain

Britain's child slaves: They started at lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. - Childhood and Child Labour in The British Industrial Revolution by Professor Jane Humphries

Residents of West Berlin show children to their grandparents who reside on the Eastern side, 1961

Cold War Germany: West Berliners show children to their grandparents who reside on the Eastern side of the Berlin Wall, 1961

London, Paddington Station, 1940 - Very brave school boys being evacuated by train as bombing raids intensified - Life in London during The Blitz of World War II.

London, Paddington Station, 1940 - school boys being evacuated by train as bombing raids intensified - Life in London during The Blitz of World War II from Inknscroll.

Incredible diary of World War Two German teenager reveals how death and destruction became mundane and allowed a nation to turn a blind eye to its own brutality -

"He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future. Indoctrinating children is easy because they're not at a level where they can properly think for themselves, but what excuse can the adults of Nazi Germany use?

A British WWI soldier on the Western Front - 1 of 4,000 photos uncovered in an attic in Northern France

Photos show faces of First World War soldiers on the eve of battle

A British WWI soldier on the Western Front - 1 of photos uncovered in an attic in Northern France

Hunger winter in Amsterdam, 1944. With no food and no coal to burn in their stoves people removed wood blocks from the tram tracks.

- Hunger Winter in Amsterdam. With no food and coal or wood to burn in their stoves people are removing wood blocks from the tram tracks. More than people lost their lives in Amsterdam and the western part of the Netherland during the winter of

Horse Gas Mask

Horse Gas Mask A docile horse wears a gas mask as a precaution against gas attacks, on March It was developed by "Our Dumb Friends League," a humane society in London, England.

1941- Gas-masked Canadian soldier with mascot dog perched on the barrel of one of Canada's East Coast defense guns.

Gas-masked Canadian soldier with mascot dog perched on the barrel of one of Canada's East Coast defense gun, 1941

Children enjoy a street party to celebrate the end of the war in 1945.

Children enjoy a street party to celebrate the end of the war in What a beautiful picture!

School in Stalingrad, 1943 -- also where one country was paused in war because of weather conditions

School children, the Soviet Union, Stalingrad 1943

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