Best of the Web
Through these links, we hope to provide quick, convenient, and consistent access to the best WW2 websites on the web. Suggestions and submissions are welcome and appreciated. To make any submissions, please contact us.
Recollections of WWII - In the United Kingdom, thousands of people have recorded their memories of the War. Recollections of WWII aims promote their stories through providing researchers with a unique directory of oral history collections relating to the Second World War. The stories of child evacuees, survivors of the Holocaust and civilians who experienced the Blitz of British cities are featured in many of these collections. The experiences of men who served in the Army, Royal Navy, RAF and Merchant Navy, and women in the WAAF, WRNS, ATS and Land Army are well represented in collections large and small.
The Flight Officer Project - Joe Noyes was a 22 year old B-17 pilot from Seattle who was killed in 1943. 55 years after his death a teenage girl found his photo in a book and decided that his story was worth sharing.
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Dear Sweetheart: Letters Home from a Soldier - It was the Second World War. A million young Canadians were marching off to risk their lives. One of them, David K. Hazzard, was separated from his beloved wife Audrey, but soon found a way to fight the loneliness - with his pen. He wrote hundreds of letters, beginning each the same way - 'Dear Sweetheart'. They are a riveting account of what he went through. The series is posted in blog style, and an incredible read!
VI Corps Combat Engineers WWII - A great site featuring information regarding the 36th (2826th, 2827th & 2828th), 39th, 540th (2832nd & 2833rd) and the 1108th (48th & 235th) Combat Engineer Regiments, who bravely fought against the Axis powers from North Africa into Sicily, Italy, France, Central Europe and ended their tour of duty in Germany in 1945. Dedicated to Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek , of the 540th and all the other outstanding engineers of VI Corps.
Letters From Tom - A box of over 3 years worth of WW2 V-Mail and more, rescued from a Flea Market, painstakingly added to this site so that we might not forget. A great site.
Canadian Heroes - Canadian Heroes is dedicated to two unsung heroes. It chronicles the exploits and accomplishments of two great Canadians who sacrificed so much, so that future generations may multiply the benefits over and over.
WW2 Commemorative Brochures - Army.mil brochures for most every WW2 campaign and much more.
Films from the Home Front - This site brings together a collection of unique moving images illustrating what life was like for ordinary people in Britain during the Second World War, as seen through amateur documentaries, newsreels, government films, and home movies.
The World War II Journals of Colonel Walton S. Van Arsdale - A wonderful tribute site including diaries, photographs, and letters from Colonel Van Arsdale, 311th Field Artillery Battalion Commander, 79th Division.
The WWII Diary of Lancaster Pilot Bruce Johnston - A website that chronicles the training and tour of operation for Lancaster bomber pilot, Bruce Johnston, through the diary he kept during his time with the RCAF in 1944.
WW2 US Medical Research Centre - A website dedicated to the research of the US Army Medical Department during WW2.
World War II Plus 55 - Daily events from around the globe as they happened 55 years ago.
The Liberation Trilogy - Website for the award-winning books of Rick Atkinson.
Lone Sentry - Photos, Articles, Stories, and Research on the European Theater in World War II.
American Battle Monuments Commission - The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established by Congress in 1923 to commemorate the service, sacrifice and achievements of U.S. Armed Forces where they have served overseas since 1917, and within the U.S. when directed by public law.
The US WWII Memorial - 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.
WWII Combat Medics - This website is dedicated to the brave men of the World War II Medical Corps and Naval Hospital Corps who risked and many times gave their lives in the aid of a wounded or sick comrade. The intention is to share information on the history, equipment and combat experiences of the World War II combat medic.
Veteran's History Project - The Veterans History Project is a great site that collects and preserves stories of wartime service.
DDay Museum - The Museum, which opened on June 6, 2000, is the only museum in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions or "D-days" of World War II, paying tribute to the more than one million Americans who took part.
NARA - Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by NARA forever. Find them here.
Kilroy Was Here - WWII's Kilroy was here, unknown stories and forgotten places. Everything but the kitchen sink.
The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience - The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience focuses on preserving your donated memories and artifacts of the men and women who served in World War II in the service and of civilians who helped on the home front.
America in WWII - The Magazine - A bimonthly magazine that tells the story of American men and women at the battlefront and on the home front during World War II.
American WWII Orphans Network - If you're the son or daughter or family of an American who was killed in World War II, or if you simply feel as we do that these men must be remembered and honored, you're welcome here!
HyperWar - A Hypertext History of the Second World War - A great WW2 reference site.
Juno Beach Centre - The Juno Beach Centre is a museum and cultural centre, which opened at Courseulles-sur-Mer, France on June 6, 2003. The Centre presents the war effort made by all Canadians, civilian and military alike, both at home and on the various fronts during the Second World War, as well as the manifold faces of contemporary Canadian society.
Life Interrupted - The Japanese American Experience in WWII Arkansas.
The Second World War Experience Centre - Collecting and encouraging access to the surviving testimony of men and women who lived through the years of the Second World War and ensuring that different audiences share and learn from the personal recollections preserved in the collection.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
The Perilous Fight - American's World War II in Color - Witness World War II through rare color film, and read letters from a nation redefining itself.
WWII Medal of Honor - The Medal of Honor, established by joint resolution of Congress, 12 July 1862 is awarded in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Armed Services, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of The United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which The United States is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his comrades and must have involved risk of life.
The Battle of Britain History Site - These pages catalogue the official reports of the most important event in Royal Air Force history, the Battle fought over Britain between the 10th July and 31st October 1940. For the first time, the complete Fighter Command Operational Diaries for the period have been published in full, day by day over the whole period the Battle.
The Battle of the Bulge - A site dedicated to all the soldiers who saw action during a short period of bitter cold, heavy snowfall and furious fighting known as the "Battle of the Bulge" or the "Von Rundstedt Offensive". A site with a collection of trips, stories and pictures.
Australia's War, 1939-1945 - A great site detailing with videos, sound, and photos Australia's effort and sacrifice in WW2.
A Wartime Log - Pages dedicated to the memory of a father who kept a war log/diary detailing his experiences as a POW of both the Italians and the Germans during World War 2.
War Letters - A site with personal stories, letters, and photos.
The Polish Soldier - A site dedicated to the Polish Army in the East and those who fought for the allies in Italy (2nd Corps).
The Royal Australian Navy - Sail into battle and around the world, in both War and Peace, with the Royal Australian Navy, from its early Australian Colonial Era beginnings, Boxer Rebellion, WW1 & Gallipoli, WW2, Malaya, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and in other famous battles and campaigns.
The Poles on the Fronts of WW2 - More information on the Poles contribution to WW2.
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War - This Smithsonian website skillfully integrates Flash video and text to examine armed conflicts involving the U.S. from the Revolutionary War to the war in Iraq. Each conflict contains a brief video clip, statistical information, and a set of artifacts. There is also a Civil War mystery, an exhibition self-guide, and a teacher's guide. The World War II section contains an introductory movie and short essay on the conflict as well as historic images and artifacts.
Stragglers - a site for people interested in the force landings that occured in Sweden during WW2.
The Luftwaffe, 1933-45 - A great site with everything you wanted to know about German aviation in WW2.
Romania in WW2 - A good resource site on everything Romania during WW2 from aeronautics to organization.
Corvettes of the Australian Navy in WW2 - A page dedicated to the Australian Mine Sweepers, or more commonly known as "The Corvettes".
US Armoured Forces and Vehicles - A site with a lot of detail and images on the Armoured forces and vehicles of the US during WW2.
InfoUkes - The Ukrainian Experience in World War II With a Brief Survey of Ukraine's Population Loss of 10 Million by Andrew Gregorovich.
Aircraft Carriers of WW2 - A good technical site with the history and photos of the WW2 Aircraft Carriers of many nations.
Nga Toa - Nga Toa meaning "Many Warriors" in the Maori language is a project dedicated to preserving the oral histories of New Zealand's last remaining World War II veterans.
Hyper War - 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, diaries, etc.); and Primary references (manuals, glossaries, etc).
WWII 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: WW2 - This comprehensive directory contains various websites on the Second World War: 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.
WW2 Links on the WWW - A very good site with many great links to WW2 on the World Wide Web.
Remember September 1944 - On 17 September 1944, thousands of paratroopers descended from the sky by parachute or glider up to 150 km behind enemy lines. Their goal: to secure to bridges across the rivers in Holland so that the Allied army could advance rapidly northwards and turn left into the lowlands of Germany, hereby skirting around the Siegfried line, the German defence line. This website tells the complete story of this historical operation and is a tribute to all those men who fought and died in September 1944.