World War II History

World War II History – WWII News, Photos, Audio & Information

About

World War II History (WWarII.com) is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history and historical value of the greatest war.

Our main goal is to collect and record WWII information including photos, documents, related past and present news, and equipment details. It is a project, hobby, and dream to build and to share.

The included works are meant to be a true representation of historical facts, however there may be submissions of user opinion and unverified content. All effort is taken to insure the accuracy and historical fact.

This site is continually under development, it is a work in progress. If you would like to contribute content, be a guest blogger or assist in any other way please contact me here.

About the Author

Steven Terjeson is a part time historian and collector of WWII memorabilia. I donate my time, personal collections and knowledge to try and preserve history in a way others can learn and benefit from.

If you wish to support the site, either financially, or by contributing content of your own please write to (steve@wwarii.com).

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Copyrights of External Material:

I make the best effort to ensure all external material such as photographs, documents, maps, etc. featured in the World War II History site are either in the public domain or I have already secured permission to display them. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the copyrighted material found on this website, please feel free to contact me.

Disclaimer: All content is direct representations of real history. Some people may find some of the content in this site offensive, violent, graphic and some not suitable for younger children. No discrimination, hate, or any other negative intent is promoted, encouraged, or tolerated on this site.

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Comments

  1. Matt Scofield
    March 19, 2008 - 11:08 am

    Hello,
    We currently have a special feature on our site which we think may be of interest to your readers.

    http://newt.org/default.aspx?tabid=247

    At the above page on Newt Gingrich’s webiste, Bill Forstchen, co-author with Newt of several historical fiction novels dealing with WWII and the Civil War, and a trained military historian himself, is blogging about all things history and writing. He already has his first post up and is taking questions from those interested.

    This is a unique opportunity to interact with a historian and author, and we would appreciate a link as I believe the readers of your blog would find it interesting.

    Do please contact me if you have any questions, and thank you for reading,

    Matt Scofield
    Director Online Communications
    Newt.org

  2. Gordon
    May 13, 2008 - 8:42 am

    Our Gaming Club “Flames of War New England”should have this page link so members can enjoy.
    We are a gaming club that reenacts great battles thru table top miniature games (Flames Of War) with a focus on modeling ,history and comradery.
    Very glad to have found this !
    Cheers
    Gordon
    http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/fownewengland/

  3. ben
    September 6, 2008 - 3:33 pm

    cool site man

  4. AJ Davidson
    February 21, 2010 - 4:27 am

    Press Release
    World’s Largest Ship Gives U-boats The Slip
    March 2nd marks the 70th anniversary of RMS Queen Elizabeth’s secret wartime maiden voyage across the Atlantic to join her sister ship RMS Queen Mary in New York harbour. First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, had ordered the liner to leave its Clydebank fitting-out basin and make its heroic dash to safety.
    Churchill had known only too well the vital role the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth would play in the war. The liners, working in tandem, could transport whole armies across the globe in a matter of weeks.
    With untested engines and no sea trials, Hitler’s naval experts had ruled out a trans-Atlantic crossing for the liner’s maiden voyage. The British spun a web of intrigue to dupe Berlin into believing that the Queen Elizabeth would sail to the southern English port of Southampton. German High Command signalled its U-boat fleet to locate and sink the Queen Elizabeth in the Irish Sea. A squadron of Luftwaffe bombers flew over the Solent but failed to find its target.
    Secrecy was maintained to the last, depriving New Yorkers of the opportunity to lay on a suitable welcome for this ocean queen. The first they knew of her courageous voyage was when the liner, cloaked in battleship grey, emerged from a sea mist on the morning of March 7th.
    The liner was refitted as a troop carrier, steaming nearly half a million miles and transporting some 800,000 Allied personnel during the war years.
    Hundreds of thousands of GIs were later repatriated aboard the Cunard White Star liners, earning the Queens a special place in American hearts.
    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this remarkable voyage, Ulster author AJ Davidson has written Churchill’s Queen, a fictional thriller based on the events of early 1940. He links attempted Abwehr sabotage to the liner’s destruction 32 years later in Hong Kong harbour.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0037KMHCE
    ajdavidson@live.ie
    ajdavidson.net
    Tel. 00 353 47 57960

  5. Danae
    March 3, 2010 - 5:12 pm

    Hi Steve,
    Are you aware of the film project: Project Arbiter? As the filmmaker writes “it’s a sci-fi espionage story that demonstrates how a small quiet victory tips the balance of power and foretells the outcome of World War II.” The trailer is pretty amazing; the team is incredible, and they just launched their IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign (where contributors get cool perks like special dog tags, visits to the set, printed photos, DVDs, special screen credit thanks).

    Anyhow, I thought you’d love it and many of your readers might too. It’s IndieGoGo’s Project of the Day today, so you should definitely check it out, watch its trailer and let the director know what you think! (You can leave a comment on his IndieGoGo page) I’m sure he’d love to get your feedback.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/ProjectArbiter

    Cheers,

    Danae

  6. Nick McGregor
    June 7, 2010 - 9:20 am

    Hey! This is a very cool site! My father got me interested in military history at an early age and its great to see that we weren’t alone in our interests! Nowadays, I work for SnagFilms, a free online documentary site, and I was browsing through your site when I remembered one of the films I had just seen on our site that truly shocked me. It was about the “secret” Battle of Attu and the Japanese’s secret invasion of Alaska! Below I’ve linked the URL and the title of the film, if your a true history buff or just simply curious to learn about something you NEVER knew, click on the link!

    http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/red_white_black_and_blue/

    To Steven:
    If you want to post this link on your site, send me an email and/or click on the URL and embed a widget onto the page.

    Thanks again all!

  7. Lance Faulkner
    September 21, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    I was wondering if you’d be kind enough to link to my site http://www.wwiidogtags.com in some form or fashion.
    Thank you
    Lance Faulkner

  8. Seadragonconquerer
    November 8, 2010 - 3:47 pm

    Terrific site; just found it, and looks like I am going to learn a lot via many return visits. Gave you a link at mine – http://chaosandconspiracy.wordpress.com – and my Best Regards…

  9. EcoRII
    December 13, 2010 - 8:17 pm

    Thanx, you’re awsome!

    thanks for helping out with my history project!

    – A student overloaded with homework

  10. Diana Rayan
    February 19, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Hello

    I would like to ask you who was the person or company which developed your mobile application?

    I liked the work and i would like to get in contact for an idea in my mind!

    I look forward to hear from you

    ths

    Di

  11. Steven Terjeson
    February 21, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    Hi Diana,

    Are you referring to our Podcast App? That is done in partnership with Libsyn (http://libsyn.com/).

  12. Carol Wootton
    February 28, 2011 - 8:16 am

    I would like to get a copy of the book, Lucky Bastard by John Prewit. Do you know where I may purchase a copy? Also, John Prewit is a relative and would love to get in touch with him or his children as I’m told he has down some genealogy work with our family tree. Any idea how I can reach the family?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated

  13. Carol Wootton
    February 28, 2011 - 8:18 am

    You can contact me at cwootton@aol.com if you have any information on John Prewit, his children or family, or where to purchase his book, The Lucky Bastard.

  14. Matthew Washington
    March 22, 2011 - 7:09 am

    Hello,
    Thank you for this great material!

  15. Douglas S. Myers
    May 14, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    I was the waist gunner on the B17 Bomber, stationed in Bery Saint Edman England in 1944. Can I contact the rest of the crew through this site?

  16. Jan Nieuwenhuis
    May 23, 2011 - 11:09 pm

    Hello all,

    If anyone is interested in World War II Allied Aircraft Crashes in The Netherlands, please have a look at my website http://airwar.texlaweb.nl

    Greetings from Holland,

    Jan

  17. Margaret Dunlap
    May 30, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    My father, James C. Dunlap, was in WW2 and his Report of Separation says 324th Fighter Sqdn as an Athletic Instructor 283. My brother is going to Europe in a couple weeks and wants to travel to the places/cities where my father’s military unit was in France (where and when it landed in France and the cities it went to, etc.). Where can I get this information? Thank you so very much. Margaret Dunlap

  18. Betty Byron
    July 1, 2011 - 8:28 am

    My novel Within the Walls of Santo Tomas is based on actual happenings in the Philippines during WW II. Army nurses are captured and interned with 4000 civilians in Manila for three years before rescue by the US Army 1st Cavalry Division on 3 February 1945. Food and medicine are hard to come by, and the Japanese commandant becomes harsher. Things become more difficult as the American army draws nearer.

  19. Hugh Henry
    July 22, 2011 - 4:06 am

    I like your site, very interesting.

    How about adding some likes of non-American sites – such as Canadian or British content – the Canadian War Museum and Imperial War Museum?

    cheers,
    Hugh

  20. L. Weeks
    August 30, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    Your readers will be interested in my friend’s website; http://www.lwshortstories.com he is a Battle of the Bulge survivor who posts memories of his experiences.

  21. Benson Grayson
    September 16, 2011 - 11:53 am

    For a humerous World War II yarn well-researched and based on real events, sample (no charge) “My Troubles With Time” on Amazon, Itunes or Nook. It’s about a professor who travels back to December 1941 in his time machine, seeking to become a national hero by sinking the Japanese fleet which attacked Pearl Harbor.He succeds only to be sentenced to death by a U.S. Navy Court Martial for destroying the Japanese fleet before they launched their attack.

  22. Hadorn Thierry
    October 9, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    Hello ! I would like to buy the book Heroes of the 483 rd do you think it is possible to find it,? Thank you,Thierry.

  23. Mary Dunn
    October 22, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    Hi, I am looking for info on my Dad. John Emanuel Czaja. He was a B-17 Pilot in the 493rd. His log book says Essen, could this be Germany, where they bombed? I see mostly reference to Debauch England. Are you interested in a copy of his log book?
    My email is harleydunn502@yahoo.com
    Can you help me? I would like to find a photo of him during the war. He passed away in January 2006. Thanks for your time. Mary Our family later changed named to Chay from Czaja, not sure whar war records list him as. Name change in 1958.

  24. Burt Takeuchi
    December 12, 2011 - 5:50 pm

    Hello,
    Would you like to post a blog about my film Valor with Honor an independent film based on the last interviews of veterans that served in the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Recently members of the 100th Battalion, 442nd, and MIS were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the US Government for outstanding service to the country in WW2.
    Aloha
    Burt

  25. William Thomas
    January 12, 2012 - 2:23 am

    I am really interested in this BLOG and the different topics you are covering. I have also developed my own website which deals with different historic issues including World War II; I welcoime any comments.

    William

  26. Connie Langton
    March 23, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    I have a silver ring thats called a Totenkomf that Himmler issued to his SS soldiers in 1939. It is well worn but all the inscriptions are very clear on the inside of the ring. The soldiers last name was Buchner . I am wanting to sell it and I hope you might be able help me find the right person to buy it . The others that I have found range anywhere from 5000.00 up to 21,000.00. The one thing stopping me is I need someone to authenticate it and verify thats what Im selling.

  27. Connie Langton
    March 23, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    I have a silver ring that Himmler issued to his SS soldiers in 1939. Its well worn but the inscriptions on the inside are very clear I would love to sell it but I need to have its authenticity verified. Can you help me with that?

  28. Steven Terjeson
    March 27, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Hi Connie,

    The best resource I have found on authenticating items can be found on the war relics forums. You should be able to find an expert to guide you on the best practices for authenticating your item. http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/index.php

    Thanks!

  29. JERRY WHELAN
    April 6, 2012 - 7:27 pm

    Can someone help/point in the general direction on how to find data on my late brother-James J. WHELAN. All I know was that he was a Medic in the Army in WWII, lander in Italy and was caugt up in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.—–Jerry Whelan

  30. Stan Juracich
    April 27, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    I am looking for a copy of Allyn’s Irish Orphans by Carl B. Cassidy – please contact me by email if you have one for sale or know of one being available. My late father was a pilot in that unit but never spoke of his experiences. Thanks,
    Stan

  31. Steven Terjeson
    May 24, 2012 - 8:53 am

  32. Joshua Zinewicz
    June 7, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    I am trying to get information regarding my friend’s father who was a German pilot during WWII shot down in Russia. I have pictures and information about him such as which POW camp, ect. I have tried contacting numerous organizations and individuals to help try to identify him in a photo from the May issue of WWII History Magazine. If anyone can point me in the right direction or can translate any German articles I have about him I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your time.

  33. Alexis Livingston
    July 20, 2012 - 10:19 am

    Dear Mr. Terjeson,

    I would like to thank you for putting together such a comprehensive and accesible memorial site. Please let me know if you and your readers would be interested in an original documentary about World War II directed and produced by a Sundance filmmaker. wwwthe95thmovie.com
    We appreciate your consideration and look forward to contributing content!
    Many Thanks, Alexis

  34. Carlos Guerreiro
    August 5, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    Grat work you are doing. Altough Portugal was neutral I have been working in colecting information and stories related with Portugal in WWII. You can find them in a site and in a blog… I let you the links.

    http://www.landinportugal.org/
    http://www.landinportugal.blogspot.com/

  35. Meera Miller
    August 23, 2012 - 10:25 pm

    I was looking at your sight which I thoroughly enjoyed, I liked the timelines of that had events that took part on specific dates . While I was reading I noticed there was not much on the Battle of Monte Cassino. WWII had many aspects and battles and everyone one of those battles should be recognized. There is a campaign that has recently launched to help the community of Monte Cassino. The campaign is focused on educating a new generation (such as myself) about the battle that seems to have been forgotten. It also is trying to help the community by collecting donation to remove-unexploded ordinance that are still scattered around the community. These unexploded ordinances are especially harmful toward children who do not realize what they are and pick them up.
    On the campaign website (http://www.indiegogo.com/BattleforMonteCassino) there are articles, diaries and videos and pictures related to the battle that are quiet interesting. Hope you find it as informative as I did.

    Sincerely
    Meera Miller

  36. R. WM. (RON) DUNSTER
    September 20, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    It is my hope that you will have more on Canada in the future. My country has been left out of the history books too many times. And another one is Poland. It seems our two countries were paired in a lot of operations where things were tuff. Example of Canadian operation: Leonforte: First Bailey Bridge built while under fire by the Royal Canadian Engineers. Also the rescue of Allied forces at Arnhem by theR.C.E.’s. Dieppe is all to often skipped. Battle of Britain RCAF involvement. Canada had the third largest Allied navy. The R.C.N. at Normandy 1944. and the Scheldt where the Canadians went in to secure the harbour.

  37. Richard A. Wann
    March 13, 2015 - 6:11 am

    I am looking for available information on my cousin’s B17 (42-24394) MACR 16302 that went down in April, 1943 in Sicily. Harry A. Wann Jr.

  38. seamus
    July 1, 2015 - 7:06 pm

    Hi! Really cool blog that you have here! You obviously did a lot of work on it. I do similar work! Come check me out at http://www.historybuff.info

  39. Jennifer Spangler
    January 7, 2016 - 11:14 am

    Hi Steven I have posted more than 100 documents created during World War II from The National Archives, London at
    http://worldwar2militaryintelligence.blogspot.com/
    They pertain to the pigeon service and how the pigeons delivered military intelligence as part of Operation Columba and from undercover operations behind enemy lines. 250,000 pigeons served in World War II. Every unit on D-Day landed with a pigeon. Pigeons were used by every branch of the military. I am trying to shed light on their history which seems to have been forgotten. They fulfilled the need for communication when radio failed or couldn’t be used because of the risk of detection. Good luck witrh your site. I found it by searching Linked In.

  40. Wm Mors Lt USN retired
    July 30, 2016 - 4:16 pm

    Steve We are looking for a writer for The 1923 navy disaster of seven destroyers called The Honda Disaster. The complete story has never been written.

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