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World War 2


Use the Online Reference Centre's Database World History in Context to find events, countries involved and the outcome.

For specific information on the leader's ideology and war-time decisions use Biography in Context

General Information

  • D-Day - "This companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program tells the story of the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944, during World War II. It features a timeline, a map of the Allied Forces routes, personal stories from soldiers, a list of the contents of the paratroopers' packs, newspaper articles, profiles, and related information."  

  • They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II ~ Devoted to the combat artists of World War II, who "depicted the war as they experienced it." Features a gallery of works; profiles of artists (Howard Brodie, Manuel Bromberg, William Draper, Richard M. Gibney, Robert Greenhalgh, and Ed Reep); and information on the Army and Navy art programs, the Marine Corps combat correspondent program, Life and Yank magazines, and Abbott Laboratories. Online companion to PBS documentary of same title.

  • World War II Posters Collection - Images of "over 300 [World War II] posters issued by U.S. Federal agencies from the onset of war through 1945." Searchable, and browsable by date, title, and topic (including war bonds, victory gardens, recruitment, and rationing; use "Advanced searching options"). From the Government and Geographic Information and Data Services Department of Northwestern University Library.

  • World War II Military Situation Maps - This site "contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945. Starting with the D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in Western Europe. ... Some of the sheets are accompanied by a declassified 'G-3 Report' giving detailed information on troop positions." Also includes an interactive essay about the Battle of the Bulge. From the American Memory project at the Library of Congress.

  • American Memory: Library of Congress - "American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

  • Canada's Involvement in the Second World War- A site dedicated to facts about Canada's involvment in World War II.

  • Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters during WWII  - This exhibit focuses on eight women who chronicled American life during the war, both at home and overseas: Therese Bonney, Toni Frissell, Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, Clare Boothe Luce, Janet Flanner, Esther Bubley, Dorothea Lange, and May Craig. Features biographical sketches and samples of their work as well as a brief history of women in journalism. Includes a list of women correspondents that worked during World War II. From the Library of Congress

  • Women and World War II - Female Soldiers - Roles of Women

  • World*ology:  Effects of World War II on Each Country

  • The Atlantic: How Communism Took Over Eastern Europe After World War II

  • Britannia: Europe In Retrospect




Japanese Internment

  • Densho: The Japanese-American Legacy Project - With the goal of documenting oral histories of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, the site features essays on the causes of the incarceration along with selected oral history videos. Includes lesson plans, a glossary, a timeline, a bilingual (English and Japanese) exhibition, oral history archives (free registration required), and related links. From Densho, an organization whose Japanese name means "to pass on to the next generation."

  • Japanese-American Relocation Digital Archives - "Documenting the experience of Japanese Americans in World War II internment camps," this searchable site provides access to tens of thousands of images and pages of electronic transcriptions. Includes photographs, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, letters, oral histories, and documents. Also features an overview essay about Japanese American relocation. From the California Digital Library.

  • A More Perfect Union - Japanese Americans during the war. From the Smithsonian.

  • The War Relocation Camps of World War II: When Fear Was Stronger than Justice National Park Service: Confinement and Ethnicity - An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites.

  • War Relocation Authority Camps in Arizona, 1942-1946 - Hosted by the University of Arizona library, this site features information and photographs from Japanese internment camps.

  • Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar- "In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America's best-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese Americans interned there during World War II. In "Suffering under a Great Injustice": Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar, the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress presents for the first time side-by-side digital scans of both Adams's 242 original negatives and his 209 photographic prints."

  • Japanese Canadian History.net -The Japanese Canadian history web site is a companion to resource books developed with a Networks Grant from the Ministry of Education on the internment of Japanese Canadians from 1942 to 1949 and the attainment of redress in 1988.