World War Links
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Wars Various
World War One
World War Two
Both World Wars
Wars Various
UK Battlefields Resources Centre
Essential reading for anyone visiting a battlefield, an invaluable education resource and contains important information for those investigating or conserving battlefields. Included are maps, images, air photos, walking and driving tours, resources for teachers and much more.

Crimean War Research Society
The society exists to honour and remember those that fell in the war and to study the war in its entirety - from mainstream topics like the deaths from disease in the Crimea and the naval confrontation in the Baltic to little-known aspects of the war such as the British Army's refusal to deploy poison gas at Sevastopol, and the naval actions in the Pacific.
British Civil Wars
The "English Civil War" of the mid-17th Century was part of a wider conflict that involved Scotland and Ireland as well as England and Wales. Also called "The Wars of the Three Kingdoms" and the "English Revolution", the British Civil Wars and Commonwealth period witnessed the trial and execution of a king, the formation of a republic in England, a theocracy in Scotland and the subjugation of Ireland
World War One
WWI Online Exhibition
An excellent online exhibition, jointly produced by the Public Records Office and the Imperial War Museum.

BBC History of World War One
Yet another excellent section of the BBC's website, explaining the events from 1914-18, including a multimedia zone that has movies, animation of the Western Front and a virtual tour of the trenches among other things.

National Roll of the Great War
The National Publishing Company produced 14 regional volumes which profiled the services of 100,000 people who survived or died in WWI. This volume covers Manchester. Thanks to Martin Briscoe for making it available.

Ashton Pals
This website holds a true account of the men who served in the 9th Bn. Manchester Regiment during WWI. With use of their own letters, written in their own words.

Kenyon Letters
An alphabetical index of letters sent to Elizabeth Hannah Kenyon, Mayor of Dukinfield from soldiers serving in the First World War kept at Tameside Local Studies Library.
Wilfred Owen
Iron Harvest
There are numerous websites dedicated to various aspects of the Great War, but this is a good starting point, using their links page. It leads in many directions, including to the poetry of Wlifred Owen, my favorite War Poet. In particular, check out "The Last Laugh" and its earlier form "The Last Words" in many ways softer and more moving than the final version.

First World War.com

An excellent online encyclopaedia of the First World War, including footage and photos.

The Long, Long Trail
The story of the British army in the Great War, including help in how to research a soldier.

The Great War
Excellent Public Broadcasting Service site with animated maps, and a good list of resources.

The Great War
A guide to the battlefields and history.

Somme Battlefields
A guide by Paul Reed.
World War Two

BBC History of World War Two
Yet another example of the great work that the BBC does. Information on the key battles, plus background information, including Churchill's speeches in audio.

Paras' Memorial Site
My uncle Ronnie was one of those who landed in France on 5 June 1944, the day before D-day. The place was Ranville, the first place the allies took on that momentous day, crossing the Caen Canal. This site memorialises those who fell, several of whom were Ronnie's comrades.

Parachute Regiment History
The regiment's own site which includes this history, also information about their museum in Aldershot.

Battle of Britain

The events of 10 July to 31 October 1940, including the complete Fighter Command Operational Diaries.

The Workers' War
Commemorating the role played by trade unions and workers on the Home Front during the Second World War.

Winston Churchill
Information on the great war leader, including the text of his speeches.

RAF Commands
A site dedicated to the RAF in WWII and also an excellent place to post queries.

Bomber Command
Bob Baxter's Bomber Command pages. Lots of arcane information.

RAF History
The history of bomber command.

War Maps

Maps of the campaigns of WWII, from the blitzkrieg of 1939 to the Pacific theatre in 1945. Spoiled by particularly irritating pop-up ads!

D-Day
Attractive and informative site about the allies invasion of Normandy. Other resources are available from D-day on the web.

Both Wars
Tameside War Memorials
A searchable database of memorials in Tameside. Alternatively, try 'Carl's Cam' photos for genealogists' with names in alphabetical order.

Commonwealth Wargraves Commission
A searchable database of wargraves of those killed in World War One and Two.

Imperial War Museum of the North
A definite must if you are visiting Manchester. First and foremost, it is free, although you might have to pay to park a car (3BP for three hours.) Hint: Spend 10BP at the nearby Designer Outlet and four hours' parking is free.

Researching Military Records
Useful guide at Rootsweb and links to the various PRO leaflets.

 
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