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World War II Sites

World War II Resources

Online Links

Online Exhibit from the Darrell English Collection

Memories of World War II: Major Mitchell Mulholland

Bibliography of Selected WWII Books

 

Online Links

General World War II Sites

Images

Ken Burns Documentary, and Oral History Sites

Organizations

Teaching Aids

Topic Sites on World War II

 

General World War II Sites 

 

Avalon Project World War II Site and Avalon Project: A Decade of American Foreign Policy Basic Documents 1941-1949
The Avalon Project seeks to mount "digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government". These sites provide original documents from the period of World War II through the era of the Marshall Plan. Includes documents such as Germany's Declaration of War on the United States, the United States Declaration of War on Japan, Germany and Italy, the Berlin (Potsdam) Conferences, and the North Atlantic Treaty. From the Lillian Goldman Law Library in Memory of Sol Goldman at Yale Law School.

BBC Online: World War II
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/
BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) website on World War II. Covers the history of campaigns and battles, politics, the home fron, the holocaust, reconstruction, trials and the legacy. Interactive multimedia content includes maps, photographs and audio and video clips.

Eyewitness to World War II
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w2frm.htm
Interesting accounts and articles on Midway, Pearl Harbor. VE Day, Battle of Berlin, the Nuremberg Trials and more. A commercial site with associated with the Ancestry.com database.

A Guide to World War II Materials
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/WW2/WW2bib.html
An outstanding general guide to resources on the internet, compiled by Mark F. Hall, Digital Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress.

Historic Government Publications from World War II: A Digital Library 
http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/cul/hgp/
Reproductions of several hundred government documents from World War II. From the Central University Libraries, Government Information and Map Resources Department at Southern Methodist University. Browsable by title and searchable

USA.Gov: Military History site
http://www.archives.gov/research/military/
A very general portal to all military history. This page provides a list of a number of institutions and museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, that house World War II collections.

World War II eHistory
http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/mmh/ww2/
An extensive and graphic site of World War II history maintained at Ohio State University.  Features images, timelines, text, posters, maps, political cartoons, newspaper clippings, and diagrams. Part of the eHistory site, which is managed by the Department of History at The Ohio State University, in collaboration with the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching and the OSU Web Media Collective.

   

 

 

 

The War, A Documentary by Ken Burns Infantry Oral History Sites
General Oral History Sites The Veterans Project Site

 

The War, a documentary by Ken Burns. The Official PBS Website.
http://www.pbs.org/thewar/
The official site of the new Ken Burns Documentary on World War II. Watch video clips from the film, downloard a viewer's guide, listen to an interview with Ken Burns, and even participate in the Veteran's History Project through this site.

General Oral History Sites

American Airpower Heritage Museum
http://www.airpowermuseum.org/
The American Airpower Heritage Museum of the Commemorative Air Force houses a significant collection of over 4,200 oral histories from World War II Veterans of aviation and the collection is growing daily

Dover Air Force Base Museum: WWII Oral Histories
http://www.amcmuseum.org/history/
Includes historical information, photographs, first hand accounts, maps, information about aircraft and links to related websites.

The Oryoku Maru Online
http://www.oryokumaruonline.org/
A dramatically designed website created with the help of survivors who were aboard the Oryoku Maru. Here is told the brutal story of the transport of 1,619 POW passengers between Dec. 13, 1944 and Jan. 29, 1945. Of the original group, only 271 survived. Included here are survivors accounts, the text of a legal deposition, pages dedicated to nonsurvivors, as well as links for further research.

Stalag Luft I
http://www.merkki.com/
During World War II approximately 8,939 Allied Airmen ( 7,588 American and 1,351 Royal Air Force ) were imprisoned by the Germans at Stalag Luft I in Barth, Germany This site contains a collection of reminiscences written by the POWs detailing their experiences before and after imprisonment. Also included are photographs and links to additional sites.

Pearl Harbor Oral Histories with Anni Hoag
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/journey/pearlharbor.html
Folklife specialist, Ann Hoag, has organized this page which includes online interviews, transcripts links to other websites and a bibliography.

Remembering the Blitz
http://archive.museumoflondon.org.uk/archive/exhibits/blitz/intro.html
"The Blitz [air raids on London by Nazi planes] took place between 7 September 1940 and 11 May 1941." This online exhibit features facts and figures, and information about preparation by civilians for the bombings (such as gas masks, blackouts, sheltering in Underground stations), the effects of the attacks on individuals and buildings, and how the Blitz was remembered. From the Museum of London

Rosie the Riveter: Real Women Workers during World War II
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/journey/rosie.html
Women's Studies Specialist, Sheridan Harvey, organized this page of webcasts. (RealPlayer, which you can download for free via link, needs to be resident on your computer.) Links to additional sites are provided, as are transcipts and a bibliography of sources.

Rutgers Oral History Archives
http://oralhistory.rutgers.edu/
The Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, directed by Sandra Stewart Holyoak, is an enterprise to record the personal experiences of the men and women who served on the home front and overseas. You can browse transcripts or view transcripts and images. Search by conflict, class, branch and/or unit. World War II histories, divided by theater, can be found here.

Infantry Oral History Sites

History of the 45th Divsion Infantry- Personal Memories
http://www.45thdivision.org/Veterans/179thHistories.htm
Personal recollections by member of this infantry division. For additional information on the 45th, go to the 45th Infantry Division Museum. (The 45th was Bill Maudelin's original division.

70th Infantry Division Site
http://www.trailblazersww2.org/
P hotographs, movies, maps and company histories from this division which saw the Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland and Central European campaigns.

79th and 314th Infantry Divisions
The following are specific pages on this group.
Home Page of the Reunion Group of members.
The Letters of Private Melvin W. Johnson  
Staff and Members of the 79th and 314th    
Videos from CriticalView from these divisions.  

The 91st Bomber Group H (8th Air Force, 1st Wing, 1st Division)
http://www.91stbombgroup.com/
Stories, scrapbooks, dailies, photos and casualty lists.

384th Bombardment Group
http://www.384thbg.iwarp.com/index.html
Official site.

392nd Bomb Group and the the POW Stalag Lufts of Europe
http://www.b24.net/
Includes information on the missions organized by calendar, group gfficers, photos, diaries and stories, and videos of these groups as well as on Wendling, Station 118, USAAF the air base located near Norwich, England which was the home of the 392nd Bomb Group.

448th Bomb Group  
http://www.8thafhs.org/bomber/448bg.htm
The USAAF 448th Bomb Group were based at Station 146 Seething, Norfolk, UK,
and were part of the 20th Combat Wing 2nd Air Division, 8th USAAF.
A collection of memorabilia - photographs, personal stories and diaries - maintained by The 8th Air Force Historical Society.  This group also is affiliated with the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum in Savannah. The national offices of the Historical Society are located at the Heritage Museum. Together they present and preserve the history and the legacy of the Eighth Air Force.


45th Infantry - Albert R. Panebianco WWII Site
http://www.45thinfantrydivision.com/
While a personal website, Mr. Panebianco has created a very credible resource with oral histories, photographs, and links to additional, valuable sites on the internet. This site is specifically chroncles his experiences in the 45th Infantry Division, 157th Regiment; includes many links to main infantry division and armored division sites

Texas National Guard Oral Histories
http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/wwiiunit.htm
Created and maintained by the Texas Military Forces Museum, this well organized site contains information on the 36th and 144 Infantry Division, the 112th and 124th Calvarly Division, the 2nd Battalion and the 111th Observation Squadron.

The Triple Nickles - 555th Parachute Division
http://www.triplenickle.com/
Trained for combat in World War II, this battalion of Black paratroopers served in the Pacific Northwest as smokejumpers in Operation Fire Fly, responsible for locating and disposing of Japanese balloon bombs, and also for fire fighting. .The battalion was subsequently integrated into the 82nd Airborne Division. From the 555th Parachute Infantry Association, Inc.

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The Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to collect and preserve stories of wartime service. The Veterans History Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans and U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts. In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories. Click here if you are interested in participating in this important history program and sending your story to the Library of Congress.

 

 

Images

Ansel Adams' photographs at Manzanar
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/anseladams/
These extraordinary photographs were taken by reknown photographer, Ansel Adams, at the infamous Japanese relocation camp in California.

FSA and Office of War Information (OWI) Collection
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/fsachtml/fsowhome.html
"The color photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection include scenes of rural and small-town life, migrant labor, and the effects of the Great Depression. A significant number of the color photographs concern the mobilization effort for World War II and portray aircraft manufacturing, military training, and the nation's railroads. The 1,600 color photographs produced by the FSA and OWI photographers are less well known and far less extensive than the 164,000 black-and-white photographs in the collection". This is Library of Congress, American Memory project site.

Rosie Pictures: Select Images Relating to Women Workers During World War II.
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/list/126_rosi.html
This fascinating collections offers "The selected images were issued by the U.S. government or by commercial sources during World War II, often to encourage women to join the work force or to highlight other aspects of the war effort. Original titles and captions have been retained. Locations for both original and surrogate images are listed, where appropriate." This is Library of Congress, American Memory project site.

Women Come to the Front
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/wcf0001.html
Library of Congress exhibition on women journalists, photographers, and broadcasters during World War II, including Janet Flanner, Dorothea Lange and Clair Boothe Luce.

 

 

Teaching Aids

List of Benchmarks for United States History
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/standardDetails.asp?subjectID=5&standardID=25
Benchmarks produced to help measure students understanding of the Second World War including Understands the causes and course of World War II, the character of the war at home and abroad, and of the U.S. role in world affairs. Target audience is 5th grade through high school.

The Voices of WWII for Use in the Classroom
http://www.wwiihistoryclass.com/
Includes numerous pages of teacher and student resources, lesson plans and ideas, over 130 interview transcripts, a step by step "How to do Oral History" section, as well as a wealth of information on grants, scholarships, contests, and links to veterans organizations, maps and geographical resources, research sites, photographs and documents, translations, graves registration and oral history sites.

World War Two: Causes and Consequences
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/ww2CausesCons/
Site created by the Discover Channel, it provides an outline for teaching, including objectives, materials, procedures, evaluations and vocabulary.

 

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Topic Sites


After the Day of Infamy
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/afcphhtml/afcphhome.html
These interviews, gathered, in part through the work of American Folk and Culture archivist, Alan Lomax, chronicles the opinions of the "man-on-the-street" in the hours, days and weeks after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. An American Folklife site. You can search this site by keyword, or browse by name, subject, manuscript and geographic location.


American Treasures
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tr11c.html#wwii
A collection of World War II artifacts collected by the Library of Congress.

Armed Forces Radio and Televsion Site - Heritage Pages
http://afrts.dodmedia.osd.mil/heritage/page.asp?pg=60-years
The history of this important communications project begun in 1942. For information on women involved in early broadcasts, visit the women in AFRS site.

Battle of Britain
http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/thebattleofbritain.cfm
The Royal Air Force's site on the Battle of Britain includes background information, daily reports and photographs.

The Battle of the Bulge: an interactive site
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/maps/wwii/essay1.html
A unique way to interact with historical events through maps of the period. Follow the narrative the events between December 16, 1944 and January 18, 1945 as they unfold. Zoom into specific locations by clicking Full Map and then using the zoom function. A plain text version of this site is also available.

D-Day: An American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/
Film, video, maps, personal stories, and photographs are presented in this companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program tells the story of the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944. Includes a teacher's guide and reading suggestions

Famous Cases: Iva Toguri d'Aquino and "Tokyo Rose", Federal Bureau of Investigation
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/tokyo-rose
This site, created by the FBI, provides information on the late Iva Toguri d'Aquino, better known to many as "Tokyo Rose". Description of her early life (she was born in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA) and of her presidential pardon in 1977 are offered here.

German Propaganda Archive
http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/index.htm
"Collection of English translations of propaganda material from Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic" created by Professor Randall Bytwerk of Calvin College.

Holocaust: Teachers Guide to the Holocaust 
http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/holocaust/resource/document/document.htmdsfa
Weblinks, exercises, teaching guides and more maintained by Florida Center for Instructional Technology.

Holocaust and Jewish Studies Site
http://facultystaff.vwc.edu/~dgraf/holocaus.htm
Directory of History sites about the Holocaust created by Professor Dan Graf at Virginia Wesleyan University.

Holocaust Museum Site - Web Links
http://www.ushmm.org
This page of very useful links is provided by the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Click on the Museum home page for history information, museum exhibitions and other materials.

Internment Camps in America
http://www.teacheroz.com/Japanese_Internment.htm
An extensive site featuring an exhaustive number of links on Japanese and German internment camps in America, as well as information on anti-Italian sentiment in the country. This site is created and maintained since 1997 by teacher, Tracy Oz.

Io Jimo Retrospective
http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,NI_Iwo_Jima2,00.html
This site contains the film of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945 which can be viewed. It also features essys, links to other sites and video clips from "two special documentaries remembering those who fought at Iwo Jima." From Military.com

Maudlin At War, 1943 - 1945
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/mauldin/mauldin-atwar.html
The work of Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist, Bill Maudling, including his characters Willie and Joe, created for the 45th Division News in 1940.

Normandy 1944
http://search.eb.com/dday
This Encyclopedia Britannica guide to the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy on June 1944 covers the buildup, the leaders, the invasion itself, the fighting, and the breakout. Includes a rich mix of video clips, interactive charts and maps, photos, and war documents

The Political Dr. Seuss
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/politicaldrseuss/
Many people are not aware the Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) created numerous cartoons denouncing isolationism, racism and the axis invasions in Europe. This companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Independent Lens discusses Geisel's political philosophy featuring audio clips of comments from Dr. Seuss on his career, a history of political cartooning as well as a gallery of his political cartoons from the World War II period.

Powers of Persuasion: Posters from World War II
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/powers_of_persuasion/powers_of_persuasion_home.html
A dramatic assemblage of period posters collected by National Archives. This site also includes audio files.

Vichy Web Page
http://artsweb.bham.ac.uk/vichy/
This site provides information about the Vichy government in France during World War II. It features a general chronology (1938-1948), a bibliography, information and documents on various topics (such as propaganda and the resistance), and links to related sites. Many of the documents and the linked materials are in French. From a professor of French studies at the University of Birmingham, England.

Victory in Europe Day
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/veday_germany_01.shtml
This site provides information about the activities on May 8, 1945, known as "Victory in Europe" (VE) Day, which marked the formal end of World War II in Europe. It "examines how the defeat of Hitler's Germany was greeted in Britain and around the world." Topics include Germany's unconditional surrender and the continuing war in Asia. Also includes a short bibliography. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Victory in the Pacific
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pacific/
This is a companion site to the PBS American Experience documentary by the same name. Through photograph, first hand accounts, audio and video of archival materials and text this site "examines the final year of World War II in the Pacific, including the rationale for using the atomic bomb, and features the first-hand recollections of both American and Japanese civilians and soldiers."

Volunteering For Victory: The American Red Cross in World War II
http://www.redcross.org/museum/exhibits/ww2.asp
An exhibition of American Red Cross activities during World War II. Features World War II posters, scrapbooks from overseas and the home front, memories of some of the volunteers, and related articles. Includes vintage knitting patterns for military clothing, instructions for making ditty bags, and the recipe for Red Cross donuts.

Woman and the Homefront During World War II
http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIHomefront.htm
An extensive site of resources on women's involvement in the war, created and maintained since 1997 by teacher, Tracy Oz.

Women Pilots in World War II
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=1740
A factsheet on women pilots during World War II, and information specific to Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), and the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD). Includes links to photos, profiles of some of the women, and lists of women in the classes. From the United States Air Force (USAF) Museum.  Check out the rest of the museum links while here.

World War II in the Pacific: Japan Capitulates, August - September 1945
http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/japansur/japansur.htm
Images and information from the U.S. Department of the Navy's Naval Historical Center about Japan's surrender to the Allies in World War II, on August 14, 1945 (known as V-J Day). Includes images of victory celebrations, different aspects of the surrender, and related events in World War II.

The World at War, History of WW 1939-1945 http://www.euronet.nl/users/wilfried/ww2/ww2.htm
Informative, albeit homegrown website that is useful for providing chronologies of events. Some are linked to external sites, although not all of these are currently active.

World War Two Situation Maps
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/maps/wwii/
"The World War II Military Situation Maps contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945. Starting with the D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in Western Europe, showing the progress of the Allied Forces as they push towards Germany".

Organizations


The American Legion
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide, organized into 55 departments. Locate your local American Legion post by clicking here.

American Veterans Center
A non-profit organization affiliated with the World War II Veterans Committee project. Bringing the legacy of the Greatest Generation to the latest generation" is the motto of the World War II Veterans Committee. Through documentary work, speaker programs, and its quarterly publication, World War II Chronicles, the World War II Veterans Committee seeks to bring the history of World War II to today's students and young people.

Intrepid Sea and Air and Space Museum
http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/
Website for this museum complex that centers around the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, which "was commissioned for service in World War II and went on to serve as a primary recovery vessel for NASA and then in Vietnam."

The National Museum of American History
http://americanhistory.si.edu/Search for World War II artifacts in this Smithsonian affiliate by typing World War II in the search box. Collections include the Stephen Douglas World War II envelopes, which depict life for an American GI in the South Pacific.

National World War II Memorial
http://www.wwiimemorial.com/
"The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people"

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.3 million members in approximately 8,400 Posts worldwide.Its mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense

Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to collect and preserve stories of wartime service. The Veterans History Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans and U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts. In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

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