Reference

World War II

Categories

* Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the A-Bomb
* New Zealand

Sites

* World War II Reference Library
Covers significant events, topics, and people related to the World War II period. Provides the in-depth information that students need to write reports and class assignments, including biographical profiles and primary source materials. Ed. George Feldman, Barbara C. Bigelow, and Christine Slovey. Detroit: U*X*L, 2000.
From The Gale Virtual Reference Library.
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* Anzac a day to remember
From the Australian War Memorial Museum
* Australia in the Second World War
From the Australian War Memorial Museum
* Australia's War 1939-1945
A major educational site containing text, documents, graphics, video and audio about Australians in World War 2 including battles and campaigns such as the fall of Singapore, Tobruk, Kokoda, POWs and the homefront. From the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs
* BBC History - World War Two
Search for facts about the war, descriptions of battles, the analysis of tactics - and hear the voices of the people who were there.
* The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Minds memorials in over 150 countries and holds information on the 1.7 million members of the British Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars as well as the 60,000 civilian casualties of WWII. This huge database is online as the Debt of Honour Register. Users may search the Register for "personal and service details and places of commemoration" for relatives and "identify the exact location, by cemetery plot or memorial panel, where any given name is commemorated." Search variables include surname, initials, war or year of death, force, and nationality.
* D-Day
This companion site to a PBS program tells the story of the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944, during World War II.
* Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Normandy 1944
Encyclopædia Britannica tells the story of the Normandy Invasion through the spoken recollections of veterans who fought it, the newsreels that brought the news home, and the written words of historians who have dedicated years to studying the great campaign.
* Faces of War
A virtual exhibition featuring photographs of men and women who served in the Canadian Forces during the Second World War. The photographs, taken from the Department of National Defence (DND) collection at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), depict every aspect of military life during the Second World War.
* Imagining D-Day: The history behind Saving Private Ryan
resource from Encyclopedia Brittanica.
* The Liberation of the Death and Concentration Camps, Europe (June 1944 - May 1945)
'Allied troops witness the horror of genocide' A 2nd World War Commemorative Booklet remembering the bravery of our Armed Forces during the Second World War, 1939-1945, from Ministry of Defence, UK. PDF.
* Official Histories - Second World War
The official history of Australia’s involvement in the Second World War represents one of the longest and largest historical endeavours that Australia has ever seen. The enterprise began in January 1943 with the appointment of Gavin Long as General Editor. The 22 volumes, written by 14 authors, were published by the Australian War Memorial over a 25-year period between 1952 and 1977.
* Online Bookshelves World War II
Official histories and other documents. Publications of the U.S. Army Center of Military History
* A People at War
This exhibit highlights the contributions of the thousands of Americans, both military and civilian, who served their country during World War II. From the US National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA)
* Powers of Persuasion Exhibit
An exhibition of propaganda posters encouraging enlistment during the second world war. From the US National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA)
* Today in World War 2 History
Find out what happened today and other days. From the History Channel.
* VE/VJ Day
Sixty years ago the largest conflict in history came to an end. The war had lasted six years, involved dozens of countries across the globe and claimed more than 50 million lives. From the Telegraph (UK)
* 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
* Witness to the Holocaust
The site is divided into three primary areas: history, liberators, and camps. Developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center.
* World War II Historical Films
This collection consists of short films and news clips, primarily in black and white, documenting Allied operations and activities during WWII. U.S. focus. From the Digital Library Initiative, Ball State University.
* World War II Military Situation Maps
Beginning with the D-Day Invasion, the maps provide information about troop positions throughout Western Europe, along with important graphical representations of various landmarks within the military landscape. From the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress.
* World War II Timeline
* World War II Today
World War II Today presents what happened on the day, seventy years ago. It focuses on individual incidents and experiences, rather than attempting a complete narrative history. So the history of the Second World War emerges with the progress of time.
* World War Two Nominal Roll
An online database of the Australian nominal rolls for World War II.
* WW2 Peoples War
Read personal and family reminiscences about a nation at war. From the BBC.
* WWII Commemoration Committee
To commemorate World War II events, ideas, alliances, and programs; to honor those who served; and to acquaint or reacquaint all Americans with the significance of World War II as the seminal event of the 20th century.
* Yad Vashem
The main site for remembrance in Israel, Yad Vashem commemorates the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and has an important role as a centre for documentation, research and education. Its online resources include the Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, Photo Archives, a Library Catalogue and a Database of Shoah-Related Lists.