WWII Internet Sites

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General Resources

 

Eyewitness to History

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w2frm.htm

 “History through the eyes of those who lived it.”

A variety of articles including “Inside a Nazi Death Camp, 1944”, “Sunk by a Submarine, 1944”, etc

 

History Learning Site

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/WORLD%20WAR%20TWO.htm

World War II from a distinctly British point of view.

  

The History Place

http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/ww2time.htm

Timeline with photos and text.


WWII Databases (Cite as a website) - http://ww2db.com/index.php

Comprehensive World War II site.  Use the search box to find links to article and photos.  The "Events" link is a great place to start.

WW II General Resources

http://users.snowcrest.net/jmike/ww2mil.html

Includes the following links:  African Americans in WWII,  Grolier Interactive’s WWII Commemoration, Japanese American Internment, Maps of WWII, Rutgers Oral History Archive, Army Oral History, Bios and Memorials for Combat Vets, Manhattan Project Veterans Memorial, Tanks of World War II, US Army Air Force in WW II, WWII Database, WWII Electronic Archives, WWII Veterans Websites, WWII Primary Resources, Timelines, Sounds and Pictures, etc.

African Americans in World War II

 

African American Odyssey

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/exhibit/aopart8.htmll

Background for the African American experience, including Jim Crow segregation, leading up to and during World War II.

 
Fact Sheet:  Tuskegee Airmen

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=1356

Fact sheet from the National Museum of the US Air Force.

 

Honor Thy Father

http://www.josephgomer.com/

A son's tribute to his father, a memberof the Tuskegee Airmen.

 

National Park Service - American Visionaries:  the Tuskegee Airmen

http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/airoverview.htm

Overview of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Tuskegee Airmen 333rd Fighter Group

http://www.acepilots.com/usaaf_tusk.html

Information about the Tuskegee airmen


 

Atomic Bomb

 

A-Bomb WWW Museum

http://www.atomicbombmuseum.org/index.shtml

Information about the atomic bomb, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki

 
Atomic Archive
A comprehensive site covering the history surrounding the atomic bomb in detail;  includes historical documents.

 

Atomic Bomb: Decision

http://www.dannen.com/decision/

Documents on the decision to use the atomic bomb
 
The Decision to Drop the Bomb
Almost 600 pages of documents plus photographs from the Harry S. Truman Library.

 

The Enola Gay Controversy

http://www.lehigh.edu/%7Eineng/enola/

Information about the Enola Gay/ Smithsonian exhibit controversy

 

Enola Gay

http://www.nasm.si.edu/galleries/gal103/gal103_former.html

Photos and highlights of the Enola Gay exhibit.

 
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered
 
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
English version of the museum's website about Hiroshima's bombing, recovery, and peace advocacy.
 
Surviving the Atomic Attack on Hiroshima

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/hiroshima.htm

One man’s story of survival.
 
 

Espionage – Spies and Code Breakers

 

World War II Code Breakers, Espionage,  and Special Operations

http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIcodebreakers.htm

Spy operations, Navajo Code Talkers, and Nazi saboteurs in the US are among the many links on this list of websites.
  
 
Moe Berg
Moe Berg was a major league baseball player and an American spy during World War II.

 

Famous Battles

 

Battle of the Bulge (PBS)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bulge/filmmore/fd.html

The bloodiest battle of WWII claimed 80,000 lives.  Use the links on the left side of the page to find more information, including interviews with soldiers.

 

D-Day (PBS)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/

Details the Allied invasion with special features, including GI letters.

 

Pearl Harbor Remembered

http://my.execpc.com/%7Edschaaf/mainmenu.html

A comprehensive Pearl Harbor website including remembrances of survivors, audio clips from CBS Radio and President Roosevelt.

 

US Navy's Pearl Harbor Website

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/pearlhbr.htm

Official battle description by the US Naval Historical Center.

 

Holocaust
 
Holocaust Compensation
USA Today newspaper article about World War II forced labor and efforts to compensate those workers.
 
Holocaust:  Crimes, Heroes, and Villains
Holocaust author Louis Bulow's essays, biographies, photos, and poetry about the Holocaust, highlights informatoin about Oscar Schindler, his family, and children of the Holocaust.
 
Holocaust Museum Encyclopedia
 http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/ 
Part of the Holocaust Museum website.  Scroll to the bottom for links on topics like "Nazi Death Camps." 
 

Holocaust People and Events(PBS)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/holocaust/peopleevents/index.html

 

The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

http://www.holocaustcenterbuff.com/

Here you will find general information on the Holocaust 1933-1945, as well as the written testimony of nineteen Holocaust Survivors who live in Western New York.

 

Holocaust Timeline(PBS)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/holocaust/timeline/index.html

Click on time periods in upper right hand corner to move to each section.
 
Mengele's Experiments with Twins
Story of Josef Mengele's experiments involving twins at the Auschwitz concentration camp as part of genetic research to create a "Master Race."

 

Museum of Tolerance Online Multimedia Learning Center

http://motlc.wiesenthal.com/site/pp.asp?c=gvKVLcMVIuG&b=358201

Comprehensive Holocaust site.

 
Remember Me    
Use the tabs across the top, especially "Education" and "Witnesses."  Billed as a Holocaust Cybrary, it is filled with primary source material.
 
Righteous Gentiles

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shtetl/righteous/

PBS link to biographies and memoirs of non-Jewish rescuers.

 

A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust

http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/people/people.htm

Holocaust   Information on victims, perpetrators, bystanders, resisters, rescuers, liberators, survivors and children.

 

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

http://www.ushmm.org

This site  provides general and archival information on the Holocaust hosted by the Museum in Washington.

 

Home Front/Women on the Home Front

 

BBC History In-Depth
Information on the Blitz, evacuation (mostly children), and life on the homefront.
 
From the Home Front and the Front Lines

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/homefront-home.html

This site is filled with primary source documents demonstrating the impact of war.  You will be able to see and read diaries, letters, and memoirs and examine many other types of documents.

 
Kids on the WWII Homefront
Blackouts, rationing, fear, and excitement were experienced by American children.

Rosie the Riveter

Scroll down the left side of the page and open the links in the last sections

“Rosie and Oral History” and “Other Resources” for information on women who worked in US factories as part of the war effort on the homefront.


Veterans History Project

 http://www.loc.gov/vets/

This is an amazing resource.  The site is filled with the stories of American soldiers.  The stories are told through drawing, letters, photographs and audio and video recordings.  Its a great resource for seeing how individuals were impacted by wartime. Includes a section on the men and women who served at home.

 

Women in World War II

http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/WWII_Women/WomenInWWII.html

Role of American women in WWII, including interviews.

 

World War II Home
The impact of World War II on the American family.

 

 Japanese Internment

 

Children of the Camps

http://www.pbs.org/childofcamp/index.html

PBS site- Japanese internment camps in US

Focus on children

 
Letters from a Japanese American Internment Camp

http://www.janm.org/exhibits/breed/title.htm

A series of letters tells the story of young Japanese Americans incarcerated in America's World War II internment camps, illustrating how the commitment of a single person can profoundly touch the lives of so many people. This virtual exhibition contains a selection of letters, video and sound .

 

Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco

http://www.sfmuseum.org/war/evactxt.html

Details of the War Relocation Authority of 1943.

 

 

Journalists, Artists, etc.

 

They Drew Fire

http://www.pbs.org/theydrewfire/

PBS site- combat artists of WWII, including Bill Mauldin.

 

Women Come to the Front

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/wcf0001.html

Library of Congress site.  Women journalists on the front

Biographies of women journalists, photographers and broadcasters


Medicine
 
Combat Medic
Medicine in World War II plus the personal account of a combat medic.
 
History Learning Site - World War II Medicine
Medical advances during World War II.
 
Legacy of War
Ethics of World War II medical advances from the Sydney Morning Harold.
 
Navajo Code Talkers
 

About the Phoenix Indian School

http://www.english.illinois.edu/MAPS/poets/a_f/erdrich/boarding/phoenix.htm

Article details life at a boarding school for Native Americans where children were taught to reject their own culture.

Navajo Code Talkers:  In Their Own Words

http://www.starbrightmediacorp.com/code.htm

Video Documentary with six original code talkers.


World War II Code Breakers, Espionage,  and Special Operations

http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIcodebreakers.htm

Spy operations, Navajo Code Talkers, and Nazi saboteurs in the US are among the many links on this list of websites.

Recognizing the Navajo Code Talkers

http://www.logoi.com/notes/navajo_code_talkers.html

Navajo Nation website gives background regarding the brave code talkers of WWII.
 

Prisoners of War

 
 
Bataan Death March-A Survivor’s Story

http://www.bataansurvivor.com/content/the_bataan_death_march/1.php

Survivor Alf Larson recounts his personal experience during the brutal Bataan Death March and his time as a POW under brutal Japanese command.     

 

History on the Net – German Camps

http://www.historyonthenet.com/WW2/german_pow_camps.htm

German POW camps

 

History on the Net – Japanese Camps

http://www.historyonthenet.com/WW2/pow_camps_japan.htm

Japanese POW camps

 

The POW Stories

http://www.merkki.com/stories.htm

Stories of American servicemen held as prisoners of war in Germany.

World War II:  the Great Escape

http://www.historyonthenet.com/WW2/great_escape.htm

 

Propaganda/Art

 

Dr. Seuss Went to War

http://libraries.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dswenttowar/

Political cartoons by Dr. Seuss

 

German Propaganda Archive

http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa

Illustrations and text of actual children's picture book used for propaganda against Jews in Germany.

 

Powers of Persuasion

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/powers_of_persuasion/powers_of_persuasion_intro.html

Poster art of WWII from the National Archives

 

 

WW II Propaganda, Cartoons, Films, Music and Art

http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIpropaganda.htm

Links for many sites containing information about WWII propaganda

 

Soldiers and Sailors
 
GI Intelligence Dept.
Site created by reenactors with attention to detail about the life of an American GI.
 
101st Airborne-World War II
 
101st Airborne Division Chronicles
 
World War II Army Nurses
The history of the US Army Nurses serving in World War II.

 

Eyewitness to History

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w2frm.htm

 “History through the eyes of those who lived it”

A variety of articles including “Inside a Nazi Death Camp, 1944”, “Sunk by a Submarine, 1944”, etc.

 

Frankel-y Speaking

http://www.frankel-y.com/

A memoir of the war in the South Pacific

 

The Good War and those who Refused to Fight It

PBS site

http://www.pbs.org/itvs/thegoodwar/

Conscientious objectors during WWII.

PT109 - JFK Library

http://www.jfklibrary.org/Historical+Resources/JFK+in+History/John+F.+Kennedy+and+PT109.htm

Describes the destruction of the PT 109 skippered by John F Kennedy, the man who would become president.

 Tuskegee Airmen

http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/airoverview.htm

An excellent overview of the Tuskegee Airmen produced by the National Park Service.


The Tuskegee
Airmen 333rd Fighter Group

http://www.acepilots.com/usaaf_tusk.html

Information about the Tuskegee airmen
 
USS Indianapolis
Official website of the USS Indianapolis survivors.

 

***Veterans History Project

 http://www.loc.gov/vets/

This is an amazing resource.  The site is filled with the stories of American soldiers.  The stories are told through drawing, letters, photographs and audio and video recordings.  It’s a great resource for seeing how individuals were impacted by wartime.


Weapons and Technology

Colossus
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7094881.stm
BBC website explains the significance of the German Colossus, the first recognizable digital computer used to descramble code.


German V-1 and V-2 rockets
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http://www.stelzriede.com/ms/html/sub/marshwvr.htm

Radar in World War II
Brief description of radar, first used in World War II.

Science and Technology in World War II
http://www.ww2sci-tech.org/essays/essays.html
Website from the new World War II museum.  Check out the "Intro Essays" and the "Timeline" links.

Women in World War II

WASPs Finally Get Their Due
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6318052.html
The story of the women pilots who will finally be honored for their role in World War II from the Houston Chronicle
newspaper.

Women Come to the Front

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/wcf0001.html

Library of Congress site.  Women journalists on the front

Biographies of women journalists, photographers and broadcasters


World War II Army Nurses
The history of the US Army Nurses serving in World War II.