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History Resources

WORLD WAR II - Resources

  • Encyclopedia of the Second World War

    • The Second World War is a Spartacus Educational website and enables one to research individual people and events of the war in detail. The sources are “hypertexted” so that the visitor can research the newspaper, organization, etc., that produced the source. There are several subsections including those on: Background to the War; Nazi Germany, Chronology of the War, Political Leaders, European Diplomacy, Major Offensives, British Military Leaders, USA Military Leaders, German Military Leaders, Japanese Military Leaders, The Armed Forces, The Air War, The Resistance, Scientists & Inventors, War at Sea, Resistance in Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, War Artists, Weapons and New Technology.

  • HyperWar: World War II

    • Hyper War is a “hypertext” history of the second World War and features diplomatic and political documents. The content is made up, primarily, of “public domain” (non-copyright) materials in English: Official government histories (United States and British Commonwealth/Empire); Source documents (diplomatic messages, Action Reports, logs, diaries, etc.); and Primary references (manuals, glossaries, etc). Wherever possible, hyperlinks between these histories and documents have been included.

  • World War II Sites

    • This site serves as a gateway to World War II sites appropriate for students and teachers. Links revolve around the following topics: The Rise of Fascism-Germany, Italy and Japan, Holocaust, Pearl Harbor and America’s Response, D-Day and the War in the Pacific, The Home Front, Plans for Peace and the Atomic Bomb, Personalities, Literature, Propaganda, Women in the War, and Miscellaneous. Updated regularly, the site leads you to movie clips, virtual tours, stories of the war, biographies, films, photographs, a links, and even a test.

  • BBC Online: World War II

    • Covers various topics of the war such as campaigns and battles, politics, home front, and the holocaust. Multimedia zone offers interactive maps, photographs and audio and video clips. WW2 People’s War is a new website from BBCi History, aspiring to create a new national archive of personal and family stories from World War Two.

  • Open Directory Project: World War II

    • This comprehensive directory contains roughly 900 websites on the Second World War in the following categories: Air Forces, Arts and Literature, Atomic, Directories, Documents, Manuscripts and other Primary Sources, Education and Academic, Land Forces, Naval Forces, People, Regional, Theaters of Operations, War Crimes and Weapons and Equipment.

  • Armies of the Second World War

    • “Armies of the Second World War” is an online database of day-by-day orders of battle and information about hundreds of division, brigade, and regiment-sized units in World War II. Information currently available in the database covers Commonwealth, Dominion, Colonial, Exile, and “Minor” Allied armies in Europe, Africa, and western Asia from 1 September 1939 through 7 May 1945.

  • Recollections of World War II

    • Recollections of WWII is a directory of oral history collections and projects in the UK which contain recorded memories of individuals who lived through WWII. The collections include interviews with servicemen and women from many nations, evacuees and refugees, people who experienced the home front, and Holocaust survivors. Some collections offer the opportunity to download transcripts, listen to MP3s, or watch videos interviews. The site is independent and non-profit and has been created to provide a resource for historians, students and researchers who wish to learn about the war from those who experienced it.

  • The World at War

    • The World at War, History of WW 1939 – 1945 is probably one of the best military history web sites of WWII. Its goal is to be as complete as possible about the history of WW 1939-1945 and serves as a well organized gateway to numerous sources. Information and links are organized around a timeline of events. The authors also provide a discussion forum, message board, and a mailing list and the site can be searched by keyword.

  • Avalon Project: World War II Documents

    • The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy offers a varied array of primary source documents on World War II as part of its major collections.

  • World War II Resources

    • Dedicated to combatting “history by sound bites,” the “Pearl Harbor Working Group” has produced this varied collection of original documents regarding all aspects of the war.

  • BBC News On This Day | World War II 

    • On This Day features significant stories broadcast by BBC News since 1950 and includes a World War II section. a choice of reports drawn that covers 1939-45. Nearly all the stories contain video or audio and are written as if the event had just occurred. drawing on archive media, old newspapers and historical reference books.

  • Hitler’s Third Reich & World War II News

    • This website provides a daily hand-picked and edited review of World War II news. Each entry is placed in one or more categories, such as Waffen SS, Battle tanks, Nazi Memorabilia & Militaria, WWII & Nazi Uniforms, WWII Jeeps, Historical Tours or SS & Nazi Daggers. For older news and monthly ‘most read’ lists go to Archive Index. Tens of thousands of WWII news – categorized and hand-collected.

  • The World War II Sound and Image File

    • Part of the The Historical Sound & Image Archive, this WWII “Sounds and Pictures Page” features interesting graphics and radio excerpts. Topics include: Aircraft, Propaganda Posters, Warships, Sound Effects, and more. Has not been updated since 2001.