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World War II resources

World War II Resources on the Web

General Resources

  • Air Force Historical Research Agency
    The United States Air Force's historical agency provides links to various resources on military aviation history.
  • American Merchant Marine at War
    The most comprehensive site about the U. S. Merchant Marine since the American Revolution. Focuses on role during World War II, includes role of African-American and women mariners, and lists of all ships.
  • U.S. Army Center of Military History
    The United States Army's Center of Military History provides access to a large number of resources, including a large number of on-line articles, photographs, and artwork. In addition, one can view and order from Center's extensive catalog of publications on military history.
  • Cyndi's List of Military Links
    Cyndi's famous list of genealogical sites on the internet.
  • DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
    An on-line dictionary of military terminology.
  • Homework Center: Wars and World History
    The Homework Center, developed by the Multnomah County Library, provides an index of sites oriented around the needs of students learning about military history.
  • Naval History and Heritage Command
    This United States Navy provides this page as a starting point leading to a very large number of links related to naval history. Links include everything from underwater archeology and information about available research grants to on-line encyclopedias of naval history and navy ships.
  • Twentieth-Century Documents
    Part of the Avalon Project at the Yale University Law School, this index provides links to many on-line copies of historical documents related to the conflicts of the twentieth century.
  • United States Naval and Shipbuilding Museum
    This is one of the best Internet sites in the world for those interested in modern naval warfare. The site includes the World Navies Today page, which provides detailed information on virtually every navy in the world, including the Russian and Chinese navies.

World War II Specific

  • Achtung Panzer
    One of many enthusiast sites dedicated to German armor. This one features many illustrations, tables of technical data, and a large number of links to other World War II sites.
  • Japanese Army's Atrocities - Nanjing Massacre
    A useful index on the various war crimes committed by the Japanese during the Second World War.
  • The U.S. Airborne during World War II
    An example of the many sites dedicated to military units.
  • - research on the German armed forces 1918-1945
    A detailed Web site developed by a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee covering "the history of the units and formations of the various military, paramilitary and auxiliary forces from 1933-1945." Includes discussions of various battles and a bibliography of nearly five hundred titles.
  • Guadalcanal
    The history of Guadalcanal.
  • Hyperwar: A Hypertext history of the Second World War
    A linked anthology of articles related to the Second World War, many of them discussing specific battles in detail, along with links to other sources.
  • Imperial Japanese Navy
    Enthusiast Jon Parshall has created a detailed index to links about the Japanese Navy during the Second World War, including detailed histories of individual vessels.
  • The Luftwaffe Home Page
    This site provides data on the Luftwaffe and an index of links to Luftwaffe-related Web pages.
  • A Marine Diary: My Experiences on Guadalcanal
    Entries from the diary of a Marine who served at Guadalcanal with a large set of links to related World War II resources on the Internet.
  • Marines at Midway
    Part of the Hyperwar project, this is a detailed illustrated examination of the Battle of Midway, written by Lieutenant Colonel R.D. Heinl, Jr., USMC.
  • Normandy: 1944
    Encyclopedia Britannica's multimedia examination of the Normandy invasion.
  • A People at War
    This site presents an on-line exhibition by the National Archives. It includes a brief discussion of events leading up to the war and links to related sites. Focuses much more on the people who served than on a traditional history of the war.
  • Return to Midway
    National Geographic has created this multimedia site featuring images and streaming video of the wrecks of the carriers sunk at the Battle of Midway.
  • U-Boat Net
    A comprehensive study of the German U-boat, including maps, technology, and profiles on more than 1,100 German submarines employed during World War II.
  • What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?
    An oral history of Rhode Island Women during World War II, written by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School, this site not only provides information about lesser known aspects of the war, but also provides a good model of action for teachers interested in using the Internet for class projects.
  • The Women's Army Corps
    The United States Army has developed this on-line article about the Women's Army Corps during World War II.
  • The World at War
    Wilfried Braakhuis has created an extremely detailed timeline of the war, with illustrations, statistics, and a very large number of links, organized by relevant dates. This graphic-intensive site takes a while to load, but is worth looking at.
  • World War Two in Europe
    Part of The History Place, a large Web site dedicated to assisting students and educators, this is a World War II timeline with links to illustrations and short articles on specific events.
  • World War II Resources
    An extensive collection of historical documents from the Second World War based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Thanks to Dennis A. Trinkle, DePauw University, Indiana Council for History Education