World War I and II Websites
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million people who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten caring for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 153 countries. It is an invaluable source of information for those looking for information about people who served in the two world wars. There is a search option which facilitates this.
The National Archives have made regimental war diaries for World War 1 available on-line. They are unit diaries rather than personal diaries.
IWM plans for the Centenary
IWM currently holds nearly 11 million photographs, covering all aspects of modern conflict from the Crimean War to the present day. It is a vital source for those interested in the history of war photography as well as the history of the era. It is the national custodian for photographs taken by the Armed Forces as well as other government departments such as the former Ministry of Information.
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BBC History website- World War 1 pages
“Our world has been shaped by two all-consuming conflicts – and by a global superpower stand-off that brought the world to the brink of destruction.”
This is a new page which gives links to the Primary and Secondary pages dedicatged to WW1 and WW2 BBC resources. There are links to audio programmes such as a reading of Private Peaceful (Primary page) and War Poetry and if is it has distorted our view of WW1 (Secondary).
BBC History Website -World War One- link
Look at the full range of what is on this page >>>>
– World War One: A Misrepresented War?
– The Origins of World War One
– From Disaster to Victory: The British Army from 1916-1918
– The German Front Experience
-World War One Movies
– World War One Trench Virtual Tour
– The Western Front: Lions Led by Donkeys?
– Versailles and Peacemaking
World War One Centenary
- Find out how the BBC is covering the World War One Centenary.
The Wipers Times
- How soldiers found the funny side of World War One in The Wipers Times
BBC History Website – World War Two Audio Clips
These BBC World War 2 audio-visual clips are intended to support your study of the War. They include key speeches, eye-witness reports and some of the most evocative sounds of the War. There is an emphasis on the lives of British children, including evacuation.
Some Examples of the sounds on the website
- World War 2 sounds: Air raid siren
- World War 2 sounds: Air raid siren sound
- Blitz sounds: Air raid in progress
- Warning sounds: Air raid montage with warning and all clear siren
- Warning sounds: Air raid montage with warning and all clear siren audio
- Auxillary Fire Service: Fire engine in the Blitz
- World War 2 planes: Spitfires ‘scramble’
Click on the main link above to hear the other sounds in the collection.
BBC Website The People’s War an archive of WW2 memories
An Archive of World War Two memories written by the public and gathered by the BBC
The BBC asked the public to contribute their memories of World War Two to a website between June 2003 and January 2006. This archive of 47,000 stories and 15,000 images is the result. Search the archive with its wealth of first-hand experiences of war.
Select an area to explore
- World at war
- Children at war
- Air raids – the Blitz
- Wartime homes
- Daily life
- Food and shopping
- Growing up in wartime
- The war effort
- The war ends
Lost at Sea- a website listing ships and other vessels lost in WW2
There are a number of websites which list ships and other vessels lost at sea due to the activities of war. The Danedan was a fishing trawler which was sunk in December 1939 off Shetland by enemy fire. Helen Sheed’s father died on this ship. Her memory on this website contains a number of links to websites related to shipping losses due to war.
World War 2 as it happens- Interesting blog-based site listing the events of WW2 as they happened.
Britain from Above presents the unique Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953. You have to register to zoom into these amazing pictures, identify unlocated images, and share memories. There are several pictures on a WW1 theme including a number of war memorials and aerodromes etc…