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World War Two
Both World Wars
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.
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.
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
An excellent online exhibition, jointly
produced by the Public Records Office and the Imperial
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
An excellent online encyclopaedia of the First World
War, including footage and photos.
Long, Long Trail
The story of the British army in the Great War, including
help in how
to research a soldier.
Excellent Public Broadcasting Service site with animated
maps, and a good list
A guide to the battlefields and history.
A guide by Paul Reed.
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.
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
The regiment's own site which includes this history,
also information about their museum
Battle of Britain
The events of 10 July to 31 October 1940, including
the complete Fighter Command Operational Diaries.
Commemorating the role played by trade unions and
workers on the Home Front during the Second World
Information on the great war leader, including the
text of his speeches.
A site dedicated to the RAF in WWII and also an
excellent place to post queries.
Bob Baxter's Bomber Command pages. Lots of arcane
The history of bomber command.
Maps of the campaigns of WWII, from the blitzkrieg
of 1939 to the Pacific theatre in 1945. Spoiled
by particularly irritating pop-up ads!
Attractive and informative site about the allies
invasion of Normandy. Other resources are available
on the web.
A searchable database of memorials in Tameside.
Alternatively, try 'Carl's
Cam' photos for genealogists' with names in alphabetical
A searchable database of wargraves of those killed
in World War One and Two.
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.
Useful guide at Rootsweb and links to the various