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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. 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. 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!

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.

Database of WWII Posters

Library of Congress. Women Come to the Front. Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During World War II   Eight short biographies of women photographers.

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.

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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.

WWII 1939-1945
History of WWII 1939 – 1945 as presented by the History Channel is an amazing source for videoes, detailed information and speeches. It is presented in order of events which makes it easy to follow and understand.

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.

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.

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.

Enola Gay
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.

Homefront 1939-1945
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.

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.

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.

Baatan Rescue
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. (Holocaust) 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.

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.

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.

Oscar Schindler
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

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.

Facing History
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.

Archives and Manuscripts Japanese American Veterans Collection
The Japanese American Veterans Collection documents the rich heritage of Hawaii’s Japanese American veterans and their families. AJA veterans served with distinction during World War II as members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, Hawaii Territorial Guard, Varsity Victory Volunteers, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 1399th Engineers, and the Military Intelligence Service.


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