Updated Winter 2012
Hyper War: a hypertext history of the Second World War. Portal list of information on WW II divideD by branch of service and theater of operation.
The History Place is a private, independent, Internet-only publication not affiliated with any political group or organization. We present a fact based, common sense approach in the presentation of the history of humanity, prepared by knowledgeable writers and historians. Great care is always given to accuracy in the construction and maintenance of our exhibits. This site has won numerous awards for the quality of its work. Check out the links at the bottom of the page for more WW II sources. http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/ww2time.htm This timeline is for years 1939-1945, with links to additional information
Pearl Harbor History Associates, Inc. This is a site that PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS on the Web. Original documents regarding all aspects of the war.
http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/ This site is recommended by the History Channel.
The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School. PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS indexed and organized by the Yale Law School. Has an internal search engine to find the documents. VERY impressive!
Northwestern University Library. The Government Publications Department at Northwestern University Library has a comprehensive collection of over 300 posters issued by U.S. Federal agencies from the onset of war through 1945. The visuals include Sugar ration coupons, Victory Stamps, Propaganda posters, etc.
Library of Congress. Women Come to the Front. Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During World War II Eight short biographies of women photographers. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/wcf/wcf0001.html
Naval Historical Center: Includes an FAQ file, links to a history of ships, a photo section, an art gallery, naval aviation history, the naval museum, and more. http://www.history.navy.mil/index.html
The Second World War is a Spartacus Educational website and enables one to research individual people and events of the war in detail. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WW.htm
World War II 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.
Open Directory Project: World War II
This comprehensive directory contains 737 websites on the Second World War: Air Forces (98), Arts and Literature (14), Atomic (56), Directories (3), Documents, Manuscripts and other Primary Sources (3), Education and Academic (3), Land Forces (36), Naval Forces (63), People (183), Regional (133), Theaters of Operations (162), War Crimes (2) and Weapons and Equipment (43).
Armies of the Second World War
"Armies of the Second World War" is an online database of day-by-day orders of battle and information about hundreds of division, brigade, and regiment-sized units in World War II. Information currently available in the database covers Commonwealth, Dominion, Colonial, Exile, and "Minor" Allied armies in Europe, Africa, and western Asia from 1 September 1939 through 7 May 1945. http://dmoz.org/Society/History/By_Time_Period/Twentieth_Century/Wars_and_Conflicts/World_War_II/
The World at War
The World at War, History of WW 1939 - 1945 is probably one of the best military history web sites of WWII. Its goal is to be as complete as possible about the history of WW 1939-1945 and serves as a well organized gateway to numerous sources. Information and links are organized around a timeline of events.
The World War II Sound and Image File
Part of the The Historical Sound & Image Archive, this WWII "Sounds and Pictuers Page" features interesting graphics and radio excerpts. Topics include: Aircraft, Propoganda Posters, Warships, Sound Effects, and more. Has not been updated since 2001. http://www.earthstation1.com/wwii.html
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. http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/exhibition/flash.html
World War II Special Topics D-Day
This PBS American Experience D-Day film is told entirely with rare archival footage and the voices of 43 people who were there. The special features of the companion web site include the "Did You Know?" section to learn about landing craft, battle reporting, the vast scale of the invasion, and what the "D" stands for; "Voices of D-Day" where the battle's fliers, the men who landed on Normandy's beaches, and German soldiers tell their stories; "Hot Off the Presses" where you can read a newspaper account and Americans' reactions to news of the D-Day assault; "Paratroopers" or soldiers who dropped behind enemy lines; and "Letters from the Front," first-hand accounts of soldiers' experiences after D-Day. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/
The Enola Gay exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum closed on May 18, 1998. This web page provides a brief overview with images and highlights from that exhibition. The most luring feature of the site is a series of movie clips showing the interior cockpit and the exterior forward fuselage. http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/gal103/gal103_former.html
This interactive UK National Archives Learning Curve exhibition examines around life in Britain during Word War II. Sections revolve around essential questions for students to answer and feature diaries, activities, worksheets, a timeline, and video. http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/homefront/default.htm
Pearl Harbor Remembered
This site is part of the USS Arizona Visitor Center located on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base adjacent to the sunken remains of the USS Arizona. The site provides an overview to the Pearl Harbour attack, a timeline of events, survivor remembrances, a map, audio files, and useful links. http://www.library.arizona.edu/exhibits/ussarizona/index.html
World War II Poster Collection
The Government Publications Department at Northwestern University Library has a comprehensive collection of over 300 posters issued by U.S. Federal agencies from the onset of war through 1945. Posters are searchable by Date, Topic, or Title. http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govinfo/collections/wwii-posters/
National World War II Memorial
The National World War II Memorial will be the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II. The memorial will honor 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. The memorial will be dedicated on Saturday, May 29, 2004. Go here for more information. http://www.wwiimemorial.com/
This PBS American Experience site relates the story of an elite Ranger battalion that went 30 miles behind enemy lines in the Philippines in 1944 to rescue 500 survivors of the Bataan death march who were held captive by the Japanese. There are interviews with liberated POWs, a tour inside a Ranger training camp, a teacher's guide, and more. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bataan/
Normandy is part of a World War II study guide by Britannica online. Sections are entitled Buildup, Ivasion, Fighting Island, Breakout, and Normandy in Memory. Special features of the site include the history behind the Saving Private Ryan movie and plenty of documentary video and newsreel footage. http://www.britannica.com/dday
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
This site explores how a government balances human rights with a need for national security. an online exhibit from the Smithsonian. Immigration, Removal, Internment, Loyalty, Service and Justice are the areas available for viewing, with a special area for reflection by visitors. Classroom Activities are found under the Resources link at the bottom of the page. http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/index.html
Women and the Second World War
This website examines the important role played by women in the war and includes biographies of twenty secret agents, twenty women involved in the anti-Nazi resistance movement in Europe and twelve women who risked their lives as war reporters. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWwomen.htm
The Winston Churchill Home Page
Produced by the Churchill Center, this site covers all aspects of Churchill's life. Included are sound recordings of Churchill's speeches, a radio interview, and other primary source documents.
Master Race: 1926-1945 (PBS)
Part of PBS's People's Century series, Master Race probes the Nazi takeover in Germany. In it, Germans talk candidly about the initial seduction of Nazism; Gypsies reminisce about life before Hitler; and Jews recall their persecution. There are eye-witness interviews, a teacher's guide, links to related sites, and chance to tell your own story. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/peoplescentury/episodes/masterrace/
Total War (PBS)
Part of PBS's People's Century series, Total War discusses the contributions of civilians during WWII and their victimization. In Total War, eyewitnesses from Britain, Germany, Russia, Korea, Japan, and the United States tell the story of how millions of civilians participated and came to be legitimate targets in the Second World War. There are eye-witness interviews, a teacher's guide, links to related sites, and chance to tell your own story. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/peoplescentury/episodes/totalwar/
Remember.org is an educational forum bringing together Holocaust survivors, children of Holocaust survivors, art by children, educational efforts, and Books by Survivors to promote learning and remembering. Founded in 1995, this site has reached over 3 million visitors a year and is a central tool for many traditional classrooms, sharing the best resources and giving access to projects like the upcoming Auschwitz Virtual tour. http://www.remember.org/index.html
The Holocaust - Crimes, Heroes and Villains
Started in 1996 The Holocaust - Crimes, Heroes and Villains is today one of the largest Holocaust websites in the world. It is based on more than 30 year's research by the site's creator into the topics of World War 2 and The Holocaust. Most of the articles have been published in newspapers and magazines. http://www.auschwitz.dk/
Nuremberg- The Doctor's Trial
This informative presentation is part of a larger site -- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum-- and contains the testimonies and evidence used during this trial against Nazi physicians who conducted scientific experiments on concentration camp prisoners. There are numerous primary source documents that describe the surgical atrocities. http://www.ushmm.org/research/doctors/index.html
Known Dead Links:
Biography of the rescuer Oskar Schindler, who saved 1200 Jews during the Holocaust and World War II. Stories of war crimes, survivors, and the entire Schindler's List.
The Nanking Atrocities
Comprehensive accounts of the Nanking Atrocities that took place 1937-38 Nanking, China during the early stage of the Second Sino-Japanese War. This site includes interviews with leading historians in the field as well as historical photographs and video footages, and a number of other documented materials such as newspaper articles, diaries of former Japanese soldiers and American missionaries who were in Nanking when the incident took place, and the judgment of the Tokyo War Crimes Trial.
Maps of World War II
Maps of World War II provides an overview of WWII through a collection of maps that present the battles and campaigns fought in the various theatres of war. The material is organized by theatre, in roughly chronological order. Most of these maps present operational level information.
World War II in Europe Timeline
A hyperlinked timeline with text and images by The History Place.
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals
This United States Holocaust Memorial Museum online exhibition examines the campaign of persecution and violence against homosexuals in Germany under the Third Reich. The Museum offers online resources, bibliographies, personal histories, video clips, curator comments, and public programs.
German Conspiracy to Destroy Hitler
This website is dedicated to those German involved in the six-year effort to overthrow Hitler and the Nazi regime. The material includes a timeline, several articles on German plots and short biographies of 70 of the conspirators.
Through the excellent Facing History workshops and institute students learn how issues of identity and membership, inclusion and exclusion, play out at one particular moment in history. As part of the journey students engage in a rigorous investigation of Germany's transition from a democracy to a totalitarian regime. They see how the Nazis rose to power, culminating in the horrors of the Holocaust. Throughout, students confront the moral questions inherent in this history.
WWII Codes and Ciphers
In 1991 the Bletchley Park, the wartime home of Allied code breaking, was saved from destruction and transformed into a museum. This site is dedicated to the history, science and engineering of cryptanalysis in World War II and features a virtual tour of Bletchley Park.
Go for Broke (Japanese American World War II veterans)
The educational Web site www.GoForBroke.org is one of the leading resources for educators, students, reseachers and the general public to learn about the legacy of the Japanese American World War II veterans. It features lesson plans, student activities, streaming oral history videos,