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World War II history – Web sites

Battle of the Bulge (PBS)
The accompanying website to the PBS American Experience film features footage of veterans’ recollections and a teacher’s guide.

BBC Online: World War II
Contains general as well as specific information on WWII.  Features audio recordings, galleries and animated maps and timelines.

Berga: Soldiers of Another War (PBS)
Describes the history of a group of American P.O.W.s who were isolated and made to suffer greatly because the Nazis believed them to be Jewish.  Interactive section allows one to imagine life as a prisoner.

D-Day (PBS)
A PBS American Experience site that contains a “Did You Know” section as well as a description of the contents of the paratroopers’ seventy-pound pack.

Encyclopedia of the Second World War
An immense collection of entries, cross-referenced, and with links back to their original sources.  Features entries as general as “Background to the War,” and as specific as “Secret Agents.”

Go for Broke (Japanese American World War II veterans)
The history of Japanese American regiments from WWII with interactive maps and descriptions of the campaigns they were involved in, as well as an oral history video archive, lesson plans for teachers and assignments for students.

The Holocaust Museum
An expansive site that offers a Holocaust Encyclopedia and articles on the subjects of preventing genocide and addressing anti-semitism.  Includes a teacher’s guide on how to teach the holocaust.

A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/experience/index.html
A multi-media Smithsonian site, which treats many aspects of the internment, starting with background and ending with the 1987 court cases.  Site discusses of the constitutionality of a government’s actions during war and includes a “Reflections” area where visitors can share their thoughts on a variety of posted questions.

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The National WWII Museum
Features online exhibits, slideshows of permanent exhibits, and a calendar of events at the museum in New Orleans.

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
A Smithsonian virtual exhibit that features a variety of artifacts from different periods of the war.  The visitor is able to examine the object and read a description.  Included in the exhibition are weapons, pin-ups, and government orders.

A Thousand Suns
A site on the atomic bomb that features flash animations on such subjects as the differences between alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, and the destructive power of an atomic detonation.  Also features a short resource section.

The U.S. Army and Matters of Race During WWII (PBS)
A Survey of the African American struggle to break through racial barriers in WWII.  Includes a link to Truman’s executive order to desegregate the military.

US Latinos and Latinas in WWII
A project organized by the University of Texas at Austin to capture the stories of Latinos and Latinas during WWII.  The site features web versions of the journal published from 1999 to 2004, which contain the narratives of soldiers and civilians involved in the war effort.

Women Who Came to the Front (Library of Congress)
Documents the varied WWII experiences of eight women who were “journalists, photographers, and broadcasters during WWII.” Features examples of works done by the women and a description of their achievements.

World War II Records at the National Archives
A list page within the National Archives site that provides finding aids for searching NARA's extensive World War II holdings. Also available here is a downloadable brochure (PDF) called "Finding Information on Personal Participation in World War II."

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World War II history – Books

Alastair Cooke, The American Home Front: 1941-1942.

David M. Kennedy, Freedom from Fear:  The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945.

Donald L. Miller, Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany.

Eric Larrabee, Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants, and Their War.

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945.

John W. Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War.

Library of America, Reporting World War Two.

Matthew Parker, Monte Cassino: The Hardest Fought Battle of World War Two.

Max Hastings, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945.

Max Hastings, Overlord:  D-Day and the Battle for Normandy.

Rick Atkinson, An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943.

Richard Overy, Why the Allies Won.

Ronald H. Spector, Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan.

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World War II history – Memoirs

Eugene Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa.

James Fahey, Pacific War Diary.

Paul Fussell, Doing Battle.

Samuel Hynes, Flights of Passage.

Selected Chaff: The Wartime Columns of Al McIntosh, 1941-1945

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THE WAR partners

ABC-CLIO is a closely held publisher of educational and reference products. The company focuses on history and social studies resources for the scholar, student, teacher, and librarian in universities and secondary schools.

AFS Intercultural Programs
AFS is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in over 50 countries around the world through independent, not-for-profit AFS organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board.

The Facing History and Ourselves Project
Since 1976, Facing History has been engaging students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history.

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience
The institute on World War II and the human experience focuses on preserving donated 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.

Japanese American Citizens League
While the JACL’s founding mission was focused on protecting the civil rights of Americans of Japanese ancestry, today they are committed to protecting the rights of all segments of the Asian Pacific American community.

Japanese American National Museum
The National Diversity Education Program is designed to bring to a broad spectrum of students and teachers in America a new approach to diversity education.

The National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) preserves the records of both the battlefield and the home front at its facilities in Washington, D.C., and coast-to-coast. 

National History Day
Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites.

National Japanese American Historical Society
The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) is a non-profit membership supported organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, authentic interpretation, and sharing of historical information of the Japanese American experience for the diverse broader national community.

The National WWII Museum
The museum, which opened on June 6, 2000, is the only museum in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions or "D-days" of World War II, paying tribute to the more than one million Americans who took part.

Rosie the Riveter/World War Two National Historic Park http://www.nps.gov/rori/
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, located in the wartime boomtown of Richmond, California, preserves and interprets the stories and places of our nation's home front response to World War II.

The United States Holocaust Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum stimulates leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy.

The Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress is the primary public policy partner of Ken Burns’s THE WAR. The project honors American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them by preserving stories of their service to our country.

WIPB-TV Digital Media Experience
Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One Digital Media Experience is a result of partnerships between WIPB Public Television, Ball State University History Department and the First Division Museum at Cantigny. Echoes of War provided students and viewers the ability to interact live with WWII veterans.  It also provided students and teachers with the immeasurable content about the Big Red One from the First Division Museum.  The program uses technology to make those resources available to a large, national audience. 

Young Marines
The Young Marines is a youth education and service program, for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school.  The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members.

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Veterans organizations

Alliance of Women Veterans
American Ex-Prisoners of War
American GI Forum of the United States
The American Legion
Arab American War Veterans, Inc.
Blinded Veterans Association
Disabled American Veterans
Hispanic War Veterans of America
Italian American War Veterans of the USA
Japanese American Veterans Association
Jewish War Veterans of the USA
Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc.
National Association for Black Veterans, Inc.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Polish Legion of American Veterans, USA
The Retired Enlisted Association
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association
Women In Military Service for America Memorial
The Women Marines Association

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