The Internet has a very large number of web sites pertaining to World War II in all its aspects. This page has a collection of quality web sites, but there are many more.
|The National World War II Memorial,
located near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, is the
first national memorial in the United States dedicated to all who served
during World War II. The memorial honors all military veterans of
the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the
high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms.
|World War II Plus 55, a daily diary of WW II with considerable detail from all theaters
of the conflict. This project is the work of David H. Lippman, an award-winning
journalist who has worked in newspapers, wire services, television and
radio, before becoming public affairs officer for US Naval Antarctic Support
Unit in Christchurch, New Zealand. This is a work in progress which is
already shaping up as one of the best WW II resources on the web.
|World War II, an Overview with Terms and Definitions, provides well-organized sections with in-depth details of the war: combatant countries and casualties, weapons and equipment, as well as critical people, places and events.
Real War 1939-1945. A long essay, originally published in The Atlantic Monthly, about the nature and meaning of WW II. This article is unsentimental and reality-focused, a reminder of what really happened.
|Hyperwar has undertaken the huge task of preparing a hypertext
history of World War II will each topic linked to others through web
hyperlinks. The coverage is largely based on U.S. Government sources,
but is already huge and continues to grow. An excellent resource.
|The World at War, History of WW 1939-1945. Very detailed coverage of all aspects
of World War II, a virtual encyclopedia. Armies, weapons and battles but
also detailed timelines and the historical and geographic influences on
the war. Museum links and many links to more information.
A big site which covers the United States during WW II from the point
of view of those who were left at home. Follow a simulation of a family
and their situation, see museum artifacts of the period, and use their
detailed timeline of the war.
|WW II Analyzed. Battle reports and combat stories which add details to what happened at
various critical points of the war.
|The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Florida State University, focuses on preserving
the 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.
|The History Place World War II. Extensive web site of WW II information, timeline, photos.
The 509th Composite Group was a special unit of the US Army Air Force assembled in 1944 under Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. to train for the delivery of the atomic bomb, then in final development in the Manhattan Project. Their success ended the war with Japan and doubtless saved many lives on both sides. In the photo to the left, Col. Tibbets waves from the cockpit of his B-29 named for his mother "Enola Gay" just before takeoff for the mission that dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, 6 August 1944.
|American Combat Aircraft of WW II includes a photo and brief description of the many fighters
and bombers in service during the war.
|Doolittle's Raid on Japan, 18 April 1942, was the first retaliation against Japan after Pearl Harbor. It had immense value as the first step in changing
the dark mood of pessimism that hung over the United States in the early
days of 1942. This U.S. Navy history site has the story with photos and
links to more information.
|The Doolittle Tokyo
Raiders is dedicated to pilot Richard O. Joyce (father of the web
site publisher) and the other 79 brave men whom were in the Doolittle
|Audie Murphy Memorial. Established to preserve the memory, honor, and history of the late Audie L. Murphy,
most decorated American combat soldier of World War II.
|The Famous Patton Speech. Historical backgound and the text of the speech by Gen. Patton the the
US Third Army on June 5, 1944. This speech was depicted in the movie Patton
as the opening scene.
|On the Trail of Jeep History. This web site has a photo-tour of the main sites of
origin of the jeep in World War II (Toledo - Butler - Holabird). Lots
of historic photos coupled with photos of how the site looks today.
|During World War II almost 9,000 Allied Airmen were imprisoned by the
Germans at Stalag Luft
I in Barth, Germany. This web site is dedicated to the men and their
families; it includes an enormous treasure trove of information about
Stalag Luft I, the prisoners, and their experiences told through many
first person accounts, photos and documents.
|The Battle of the Bulge is covered in great detail on this site created by the Belgian Center
of Research and Information on the Battle of the Bulge. Includes research
articles and many World War II links.
|1941, the Russian/German Front. Order of battle, maps, photographs from the Eastern Front.
|The Moscow Battle. Russian/English with in-depth description of events plus maps
and illustrations of the German assault and Russian defense and ultimate
|The Battle for Stalingrad, August 1942 - February 1943.
|PKKA-CA, a site dedicated to the Red Army and the Soviet Army.
|Freeman Field, Indiana. This Air Corps training center
became a battleground over the issue of segregation in the armed forces
during WW II.
|British View of World War II is the focus of this web site which includes many links, archives, books,
and other items on this topic.
|Hill 112 was described by the German Commander Rommel as being the most important hill in Normandy.
This website commemorates the fighting there in July 1944 during the Liberation
|Codes and Ciphers in the Second World War. A website for the history, science and engineering
of cryptanalysis in World War II from the UK perspective. Between 1939
and 1945, the most advanced and creative forms of mathematical and technological
knowledge were combined to master German communications.
and Secret Weapons in World War II is a set of articles on codebreaking
(Enigma, "Purple", "Magic", and the large part cryptography played in
World War II) and the secret weapons of Allies and Axis (V1, V2, A-bomb,
|Powers of Persuasion. American patriotic WW II posters. On-line exhibit features 33 posters and 1 sound file from a more extensive exhibit that was presented in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, from May 1994 to February
|The First Motion Picture Unit was formed in Culver City, California to produce training
films and propoganda movies during WW II, the first time in history a
military unit was formed entirely of motion picture personnel. Many famous
actors, directors and writers participated.
|The Royal Australian Navy 1939 - 1945 recounts the men, women and ships of the Royal Australian Navy who served in every theatre of operations, from the tropical Pacific to the frigid Russian convoys.
|Maple Leaf Up, the Canadian Army overseas 1939-1945. History, vehicles, weapons, and equipment are
covered in this very comprehensive archive of Canadian experience in WW
|Dolart publishes "The Quack Corps", a living history account of one Marine's story of his
war from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to Okinawa, with the invasions
of Saipan and Tinian included. Chock-full of battle, foxhole, humorous,
and other tales.
|D-Day, the Normandy Invasion.
This page from the Discovery Channel is a gateway to many other detailed
web pages about the greatest military operation of all time.
|D-Day, Normandy and Beyond is keeping the memory alive of the sacrifice these brave men and women
made when liberating Europe. This large and growing site has a wide range
of original material to aid understanding the largest military operation
|D-Day 1944, Air Power Over the Normandy Beaches and Beyond. A very detailed
history of the use of air power in support of the D-Day invasion of Europe.
|29th Field Artillery WW II Gun Crew. A detailed memoir, with photos, of an 105mm
gun crew in the ETO.
|1st Ranger Bn and 3rd Ranger Bn (Darby's Rangers). Dedicated to those gallant men of WW II, volunteers
who comprised Colonel Wm. O. Darby's elite Ranger Battalions.
|FeldGrau.com is the premier website on the German Armed Forces from 1919 to 1945. They focus on the history
of the German military during the most tumultuous period in recent history,
especially operational histories with an emphasis on service during the
inter-war period and the Second World War.
|Axis History Factbook. Provides organization, program, ranks, flags and other details of many of the political and military subdivisions of Nazi Germany and its allies.
|STURMI! The Sturmgeschutz III Ausf. G in Finnish Service. Fascinating details on certain German armor in WW 2.
Hearne, Texas. A German POW camp with 4,800 prisoners was operated
here from 1943 - 1945, one of 625 camps in 46 states.
|United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The museum has a Photo
Archive in their Collections section which is searchable to find pictures of American and Allied
forces as they liberated concentration camps at the end of WW II. Their
photos show the uncensored truth of what was discovered when the camps
fell to the Allies. Find many other resources for this era on the USHMM
|The invasion of Iwo Jima in February 1945 is the subject of this web site -- photos and documentation of the
battles and the historic flag raising.
|Joining The War At Sea 1939-1945,
the complete text of the author's personal experience story of the Second
World War at sea.
|Memories of War. This Web site is devoted to preserving history by recording the stories of World
War II veterans, an on-going project which is updated as new stories are
|Multimedia Archive includes many military history items such as "Tokyo Rose" broadcasts,
Hitler's speeches, Churchill's speeches, and much more on this WW II Sounds
and Pictures page.
|Naval History, WW II Navaho Indian Voice Code. The Navaho Code Talkers Dictionary. Revised as of 15 June 1945. (Declassified
under Department of Defense Directive 5200.9)
|Operation Market Garden. The largest Airborne operation in history, the heroic actions of the 1st
Airborne Division in Holland, September 1944. This is the action made
famous by the book and movie "A Bridge Too Far". A truely vast
web site of historical narrative, photos, maps, and a guide to the region's
museums and battlefields today.
Institute for War Documentation offers extensive collections of documentation
and photographs from WW II in the Netherlands, Europe and the former Dutch
colonies. This is a collection for historians, unfortunately mostly not
yet available via Internet.
|Normandy 1944 is the US Army Center for Military History web page for the D-Day invasion. Includes official histories, studies, order of battle, many photos and artwork.
|Normandy Allies was created to perpetuate the memory of the American military forces together with
the people of Normandy as they strove to liberate this historic region
of France from the Nazis in 1944.
|Oral History of WW II web site. A collection of personal accounts of combat and other experiences in the
|Voices from the Second World War , the University of Connecticut
Oral History Project.
|Ortona is known
as Canada's Stalingrad. Ortona's legacy is one of brutal combat in conditions
hitherto undreamt of. Young Canadians prevailed against the most intimidating
circumstances imaginable, a magnificent testament to the courage and spirit
of the volunteers.
|Many sunken ships from WW II in the Pacific have been extensively explored
as seen in photos from the SS
|Paris Libere. A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris 25 August
1944. Many original photos.
|NationalGeographic.com has this page about finding the location of PT-109,
John F. Kennedy's World War II patrol boat that was sunk by a Japanese
destroyer in the Solomon Islands in 1943. Includes the history of the
PT boat and background on the sinking and heroic survival and rescue story
|Rosie Pictures. A collection of photographs depicting the role
of women in the US WW II economy. Images selected from the collections
of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.
Oral History Archives of World War II is an enterprise to record the
personal experiences of the men and women who served on the homefront
and overseas. It is based on in-depth interviews of individuals who lived
through the Second World War II, beginning with an initial target group
of Rutgers College alumni and Douglass College alumnae (formerly, New
Jersey College for Women).
|"This is Our
War" provides excerpts from a 1944 book compiled from war-time dispatches
of correspondents of the newspaper, "AFRICAN-AMERICAN". "The writing collected
here is treasured not only for its historical value, but also for the
excellence of the writing. Along with an important historical record,
these writers returned from Europe, Africa, the North and the Southwest
Pacific with taut, engaging prose that still stands as a literary gem."
Includes photos and bios of the correspondents.
Museum: World War II Fact Sheets. Photos and text explaining training,
flight operations, aircraft, personnel, and missions during WW II.
|The web site The Valour And The Horror is based on the television series of the same title, telling
Canadians the truth about war. The series consisted of of three two-hour
films combining investigative journalism, drama and documentary to tell
the unvarnished story of three World War II campaigns.
|WASP WW II is set up to honor the WASP of WWII (Women Airforce Service Pilots), and to shine a light
on their contributions to the history of United States military aviation.
Photos, documents, songs and stories of these extraordinary contributors
to the American war effort.
|White Star is dedicated to military vehicles dating from the World War 2 period and features many
photos of military vehicles from museums and reenactment events, primarily
|Dedicated to combatting "history by sound bites", World
War II Resources offers a listing of primary source materials on the
web, original documents regarding all aspects of the war.
|Dialogue of Violence: Filmmaking in WWII's Pacific Theater. This material was developed for a course at U. of Michigan and has expanded from its original purpose. Includes a large number of oral histories and other resources.
There are many fine websites that have additional information on this
topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go.
Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.