The History of the Dutch Corps Insulinde: Sumatra 1942 - 1946
An excellent website by Rene Swankhuizen about the Dutch Corps Insulinde and Dutch No.2 Commando Troop, which carried out many reconnaissance operations from Ceylon in the areas of the northern Sumatra.
World War II Plus 55
World War II Plus 55 is the best and most extensive internet chronology of the events that took place in World War II around more than 55 years ago. The website, which is authored by David H. Lippman, is a compilation of hard work and hundreds of sources (check Bibliography), which he used for his site. The last but not at least I am great admirer of his narrative, sometimes a bit humoristic style, which he uses to describe a certain, unusual story fro that time. This makes his site not only educative, but also a pleasure to read as you never get bored by tedious information.
Royal Netherlands Navy Warships of World War II
A wonderful study of the Royal Netherlands Navy in World War II by Jan Visser. Simple design with many info about operations of the Royal Dutch Navy in the European and Pacific Theater, and you can also find some data about Dutch vessels that served in the Netherlands Antilles during the war, conducting anti-submarine sweeps against German U-Boats. Not something you find every day I reckon. I heartily recommend this site to all those who share Jan's passion and interest in the Koninklijke Marine in World War II.
The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast: The last battle of USS heavy cruiser Houston
In Night Action, Sunda Strait, February 28, 1942. USS Houston steamed to her death in a desperate attack with HMAS Perth against an entire Japanese fleet. It was all over by 12:40 AM on March 1st. A wonderful memorial by Vic Campbell and his friends dedicated to the last voyage of USS cruiser Houston. Lot's of info, photos, crew rooster and a message forum. What more could you ask for?
The Burma Campaign 1942
The best website about the Japanese invasion of Burma in 1942 and its aspects! Lot's of info about military operations, British-Indian military defence formations, including about Burmanese military police and 1st Burma Division. The site is easy to navigate; what I am missing are perhaps some more photos and any detailed maps. Still, this site is MUST VISIT for all those interested in Pacific War 1941-1945.
HyperWar Chapter: The Rising Sun: The invasion of Guam Island, Wake Island, the Philippines and Malaya, 1941-1942
Without any doubt, one of mine favourite websites! It contains extremly detailed articles about the Japanese landings on Wake and Guam Island, while their huge article section about the Philippines Campaign is simply amazing; in fact so, that I had to print it! In addition, you can find in the articles some extremly rare photos, and their maps are simply "to die".
HyperWar Chapter: The Aleutians Campaign, June 1942-August 1943
Once again, another excellent web site by Naval Historical Center, that is devoted to the Aleutians Campaign 1942-1943 that was taking place in the obscure and cold territory of Alaska, a former Imperial Russian posession. The web site contains lot of info about the Japanese occupation of Attu and Kiska and its latest re-conquer in 1943 plus there are many photos and maps of high quality.
HyperWar Chapter: The Fall of the Philippines, 1941-1942
I always had a keen interest in the Philippines Campaign 1941-1942, especially in the Filipino armed forces in 1941-1942, and this site has gave me a wonderful and detailed insight in the Philippines Campaign in 1941-1942, followed by the battle of Bataan and Corregidor. Hats off to the webmaster. In addition, you can also find professionally looking maps and some very interesting war photos; among others, I think, they also have a group photo of all American generals in the Japanese captivity. That's simply awesome!
Battle for Midway Island 1942
This web site is dedicated to one of the turning points of World War Two, the battle for Midway island, the battle that changed the course of the Pacific War and will always be written with golden letters in the history books. You may find on this web site many interesting details about the battle, a chat forum, detailed info about Japanese and US fleets involved in the battle and great photos.
The Battle of Samar, 1944
Another battle from the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Near Samar Island, a struggle of an American escort carrier unit, and its destroyers against the superior Japanese main force took place, where once more the US Navy showed its supremacy on the sea, and defeated the last remaints of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
United States Army in World War II. The War in Pacific
A collection of links connected with US Army, Navy and Air Force involvement in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II 1941-1945.
Nihon Kaigun (Imperial Japanese Navy)
Extremly detailed and well researched web site about Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II and its operations. It also includes a huge sections about IJN destroyed (very recommendable), naval aviation and recently there has come out a new section about IJN submarines, also looking very promising. There is also a discussion forum where you can exchange questions and opinions.
The United States Navy in the Pacific War, 1941-1945
This web site is entirely dedicated to the United States Navy in the Pacific War 1941-1945 from Pearl Harbour in December 1941 to Tokyo Bay in September 1945. Lot's of material, photos, biographies, great maps, and description of each naval battle fought in the Pacific, which you may find in a serie of articles by Vincent O'Hara.
Carbines & Caissons - The US Army in World War II, 1941-1945
A huge collection of US Army World war II related links, including battles, specialized units, divisions, memorials, allies, associations and many more!
Wings and Prayers - The US Air Force in World War II, 1941-1945
A huge collection of US Army World war II related links, including aircraft, battles, personal accounts, memorials, squadrons and groups, associations and many more!
Marine Hymns & Naval Affairs - The US Navy in World War II
A huge collection of US Army World war II related links, including ships, the sea battles, the fleets, sailors and their personal accounts, associations and many more!
Advanced Japanese Destroyers of World War II
A detailed study of IJN advanced destroyed in World War II with some really nice graphics images and schemes and other details regarding IJn destroyed which were at that time one of the best designed ships in the world.
Pearl Harbor Remembered
December 7th was the terrible day in the history of United States. This is another great web site devoted to the event that had awoken the American nation and changed the the war into a real World War. "Pearl Harbor:remembered" whats the original title of this web site includes a large menu of various links to different articles depicting this day; from personal accounts of survivors to the list of USS Arizona killed personnel and many more.
The Japanese Landing at Zamboanga, March 2nd, 1942
The article devoted to the the landing of Imperial Japanese troops at City of Zamboanga on Mindanao Island in March 1942. Really obscure event! You can get some great stuff from this article regarding Japanese operations in the Southern Philippines in 1942!
The United States Marine Raiders 1941-1945
A superb web site by Dan Marsh dedicated to the United States Marine Raiders in World War II 1941-1945. You can find here some really great stuff about US raider operations, the men who served in these units, memorials and also photos from US Raider Veteran reunions. Great site!
Australian Tank Deployment in the Pacific Theatre of War
An article written by Graham Donaldson about the deployment of Australian armour in the Pacific Theatre from New Guinea in 1942 to Tarakan and Brunei in late 1945. It contains a lot of interesting info plus some photos.
The Official Home Port of The LCT Flotillas of World War II ETO PTO
One of the topics you don't hear much to discuss is certainly the usage and the development of various landing crafts and barges in World War II. This is the site which will answer your questions about landing crafts.
US LCT 376 Home Port the only landing craft tank page on the web
A web site dealing with Landing crafts in South Pacific in World War II, but it also includes some other information about amphibious warfare, which I found interesting.
The War in Indochina 1945-1954
Some time ago, Danny and Nowfel have launched a new web site about the French war in Indochina in 1945-1954, and since they also briefly mentioned the events that took place in the last days of the World War II, and considering the site looks very professionally and has some very interesting articles and photos, I thought it should take its place here.
British and Commonwealth Orders of Battle in 1940s
The right website if you are looking for British and Commonwealth Orders of Battle, including for British Troops in the Pacific Theater in 1941. There is also something about East African and Trans-Jordan military formations, what is certainly a real refreshing on the internet.
Mike Weaver: Bataan Death March Survivor
A web site dedicated to Mike Weaver who lied about his age to join the Army and eventually found himself in the Philippines when the war erupted. Captured by the Japanese on Bataan, he survived the notorious Bataan Death March and the Japanese camps that followed afterwards.
Battling Bastards of Bataan
This page is dedicated to the brave warriors who served in the battle fields of Bataan, Philippines, during World War II. We wish to provide all who enter this page with an accurate account of the American and Filipino heroisms in Bataan, the conditions endured during the "Death March" and their subsequent imprisonment in various prison camps.
American aircraft of World War II
A great web site dedicated to the American airpower in World War II; to almost all types of aircraft designed and used by United States during the war. Lots of photos!
U.S. Army Divisions, 1941-1945
One of my favourite sites is this one: they provide you here with all information about all U.S. Army Divisions in World War II - Activation and Combat Participation - Infantry, Armor, Cavalry, Engineers, Military Intelligence, Transport, Artillery, Signal, Quartermaster and even Military Police.
The Warbird's Forum
A superb web site by Dan Ford about World War II. I especially enjoyed his section about Japan in War 1931-1945, where he has published some of the finest articles I had ever seen online - to name just three, which are my favourites: Nomonhan (Japan v. Russia, 1939), Meet Colonel Tsuji, genius and cannibal, and The decision to move south (Japan v. the West, 1941). There are also some interviews and a great article about Brewster Buffaloes in RAF squadrons in Malaya.
World War II Timeline 1939-1945
I think the title says it all: The World War II Timeline 1941-1945. Great web design, although I advise you to use rather Explorer than Navigator. It is easier to navigate.
The Official Web Site of the USS Batfish (SS-310)
An excellent official website dedicated to the USS Batfish (SS-310), which came out of a war as one of the most successful American submarines of World War II, accomplishing no more than eight war patrols. Great site with many valuable information, photo material and statistics.
Australia in War, 1940-1945
An interesting web site by Mike Dunn about the Australia in World War II, 1940-1945. You can find here some very good articles about Australian involvemenet in the war, to name just a few - Military Units in Australia during World War II, Prisoner of War and Internment Camps in Australia during World War II (Cowra Camp affair!), Aboriginals and Islanders defending Australia during World War II, and many more... Great work, Mike!
Japanese Air Raids in Australia
Here you can obtain basic information for each Japanese air strike that ever occured on Australian during the war. Great info site, because for at least a dozen of places I had no idea that they were also attacked by some minor Japanese air forces during the war.
Netherlands East Indies Air Force in Australia
Great stuff - an article from Mike Dunn's web site about the organization and combat activities of the Netherlands East Indies Air Force in Australia during World War II, 1941-1945. Very good article about little known topic.
Military Airfields in Australia and the Western Pacific area during World War II
An article from Mike Dunn's website dealing with each Allied military airfield ever built on Australian soil and the Western Pacific area during World War II.
The US Asiatic Fleet 1941-1942
Mamma mia! A great website which I had just discovered about the US Asiatic Fleet that had took the first Japanese blow. A very promising site, namely some things are still in construction, but you can find here everything you want about US vessels, submarine fleet, facilities Today & Wrecks, a section about fleet aviation and even something about the 4th Marines, not to mention a Comprehensive Fleet Order of Battle (ORBAT) for December 7th 1941.
The Lost Battalion: The history of Australian 2/3 MG Battalion, North Africa-Syria -Java-New Guinea
A wonderful article, in fact the only one I have been able to find so far to have at least something about Australian units on Java Island in March 1942. You can find a history of this unit, some personal accounts, timeline and photo album. I like very much the web design though.
211 Squadron RAF 1938-1942
The history of 211th Squadron RAF 1938-1942: United Kingdom, North Africa, Greece, Sumatra & Java (the Dutch East Indies). I have never seen so detailed website dedicated to one single RAF unit only, and this, I think, should tell us a lot! Well-done, Don & Adrian!
Fort Leavenworth Papers: Soviet Night Operations in World War II
Major Claude R. Sasso reminds us in his Leavenworth Paper article that the Soviet regulations before the outbreak of war in 1939 recognized that "night operations will be common under modern warfare conditions to exploit surprise, reduce losses, and disorganize the enemy." Soviet writings in the postwar years have continued to emphasize that belief in the utility of night operations, particularly in an offensive role. That emphasis underscores the likelihood of heavy Soviet reliance on the cover of night, especially in the initial phases of combat. This Leavenworth Paper, the best study in this field of area, provides an introductory survey of that oft-overlooked Soviet experience. The article also includes a full chapter about the Soviet night operations during the Manchurian Campaign in August 1945.
J-Aircraft.Com -- Japanese Air Force in World War II
Well, what can be said about this website? Only the best. Great web design, great layout, lot's of information, magnificient photos and several message boards. This website is right now probably one of the best, if not the best, Imperial Japanese World War II Aviation related sites online.
Probably one of the best Pearl Harbor web sites I have encountered on the internet. Lot's of material, photos and even a message forum, where you can exhange questions and answers. Heartily recommended to everyone interested in how began the war in the Pacific Ocean and Asia.
The Japanese Forces in Pearl Harbor Attack
My favourite web site regarding photo material related to the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor. Here you can find some excellent photo material, even some Japanese, from December 7th, 1941. My favourite is, in case if you wonder, the one showing Shokaku and Zuikaku steaming through heavy seas a day or two before they launched their aircraft. Isn't the photo marvellous?
HyperWar Chapter: USMC at Pearl Harbor, December 1941
The composition and performance of the United States Marine Corps during Pearl Harbor Attack on December 7th, 1942. It also contains some remarkable photos, tables and I think there are also some personal accounts of Marines that eyewitnessed the attack. Cool!
HyperWar Chapter: Central Pacific, December 1943
The article from the U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II about the military events in Central Pacific during 1941-1943 with the emphasize on the seizure of the Gilberts and Marshalls in 1944 (Operation Galvanic). The article is quite good, although it is not exactly much detailed as some others, but still... There are also some good photos and maps.
World War II Maps Collection: Pacific and Asia 1941-1945
A nice set of World war II Pacific Maps, including about Malaya, Hong-Kong and Burma campaigns, especially the lattest two are very good.
Changing from “Donkeys” to “Mustangs” - Chinese Aviation against Imperial Japanese Aviation, China 1937-1945
An article dedicated to the development of the Chinese aviation in its struggle against Imperial Japan.
Der Seekrieg Chronik 1939-1945
The Chronology of the War at Sea during 1939-1945, including the Pacific Theatre. In German language only.
U.S. Marine Raiders at War
The Official Website of U.S. Marine Raiders, including their World War II period; the commando raids on Makin and Tulagi Island in August 1942 are included!
The fall of Bali and the naval battle of the Badoeng Strait, 18 - 20 of February of 1942
An article about one of the naval conflicts in the Dutch East Indies, the Badoeng Sea Battle 1942, with detailed info and some excellent maps.
PBY Catalinas in World War II, 1939-1945
A wonderful website dedicated to one of most known airplanes of World War Two, the flying boat Consolidated Catalina PBY. Lot's of info, archive material, photos, schemes and with a message forum.
Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941-1945
A website about Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War, made by a Japanese webmaster. Much of the site is still under construction, but it is still worthwhile of visit.
La bataille de Koh Chang, Janvier 1940
The best article about the French-Thai naval clash at the island of Koh Chang in 1940! Although the article is available only in French, in contains some very excellent "never seen" photos, detailed Order of Battle and maps of the battle.
Fort Leavenworth Papers: Japanese & Soviet Tactical Combat - NOMONHAN 1939
Another utstanding article by Edward J. Drea about the Nomonhan Battle in summer 1939, where the Imperial Japanese Army clashed with Stalin's Red Army only to be forced to retreat back to Manchuria. This article discusses and compares the tactical doctrines of the IJA and Red Army during this conflict. The primary documents used in this study are in the IJA archives, which are today open to the general public. Much of the article is based on the experiences of small battalion size units or in this case we follow the war path of the 2/28th Infantry's via the eyes of its War Diary from this campaign. All the best about this article: many details, great maps and photographs, coming straight from Japanese archives or sources.
HomeOfHeroes.com: Electronic Books
Believe it or not, but you can actually download here several World War II e-books for free. I strongly advise you to start with the "Day of Infamy", a 56-page chronology of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, highlighting the heroes or "Go For Broke", a historical tribute to the 23 World War II Asian-American MOH Recipients. For historical buffs I also recommend the downloading of "A Splendid Little War", an excellent chronology of heroism during the Spanish-American War. Some of these books are rather large, so it may take as long as 30 minutes to download.
Fort Leavenworth Papers: August Storm - Soviet Tactical and Operational Combat in Manchuria, 1945
The 1945 Soviet campaign in Manchuria ended less than two weeks after it had begun. It took the Soviet Army about seven days to crush the Japanese Kwantung Army and end Japanese domination of northeastern Asia. In this companion piece to Leavenworth Papers, Lt.Col. David M. Glantz focuses on the operational and and tactical levels of the Manchurian campaign, highlightning the techniques that brought victory to Soviet combined arms during the last fayd of World War II.
Fort Leavenworth Papers: August Storm - The Soviet 1945 Strategic Offensive in Manchuria
David M. Glantz has, using a wide variety of Soviet sources, reconstructed a comprehensive two-part account of the 1945 Soviet Manchurian campaign. This Leavenworth Paper offers an operational overview of the campaign, accompanied by many never seen photos and excellent maps. Mr. Glantz has also used Japanese accounts of the campaign to check the veracity of the Soviet version. A school example of how a book about the history of World War II should be written.
The Official Web Site of the Kodiak Military History Museum
Fort Kodiak was established in 1898. The US Navy established a radio facility on Woody Island in 1911. The CAA and later the FAA had extensive facilities on Woody Island. Construction on the Kodiak Navy Base began in 1939. The US Navy chose Kodiak for their principal base because of the ice-free waters. It was defended by the army. This web site celebrates the remaining evidence of these endeavors. The value these things have is in their design, their place in our history, and in their relationship to the place where they stand. An excellent website on the history of Kodiak and Alaska in World War II with many documents and online photograph galleries.
Pakan Baroe Death Railway 1942-1945
A website about one of probably most notorious and lethal Japanese prison camps in the Dutch East Indies, located near the city of Pakan Baroe in Middle-Sumatra.
The 35th U.S. Infantry Regiment History 1941-1945
A website deovted to the history of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the 25th U.S. Infantry Division during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In the History Section of the website you will find some really good articles about 35th U.S. Regiment operations in Hawaii, Guadalcanal, Vella Lavella, New Caledonia and Luzon.
Resources on the Marshall Islands in World War II
A great website about Marshall Islands in World War II. You can find here some really great maps of Wotje and some other atolls in the Marshall islands.
HyperWar Chapter: The Landing in the Solomons, August 1942
A huge web site dedicated only to the Landing in the Solomons on August 7-8, 1942. It contains a lot of info, photographic material, charts and illustrations. You can find here a special section about the landing on Haleva and Gavutu alone.
Britain at War 1939-1945
Looking for any information about British involvement in the Pacific Theatre? No problem. Ron Taylor's website has it all. You will find here many information about Burma, Hong Kong, British POWs and Malaya with Singapore, especially the lattest being very detailed, providing a lot of info to all those who share my interest for Malaya Campaign 1941-1942.
Guadalcanal Island, August 1942: The First Offensive
A CMH article about America's first offensive, the battle of Guadalcanal, that entirely changed the strategical ballance in the Pacific and Asia. Another excellent site with plenty of information, maps, charts and illustrations.
The Royal Rifles of Canada in the Battle of Hong Kong 1941
This websites covers the involvement of the Royal Rifles of Canada in Hong Kong in December 1941. It contains some very rare photos and info, worthwhile of visit.
The Website of the Force "Z" Survivors Association
Most likely the best website currently online that is devoted to the loss of the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse off the Malayan coast in December 1941. Many interesting info, photos, and it also contains a list of all crew members that died aboard the ships on that fateful day in December 1941.
Kiwis in Armour
Are you perhaps wondering how does a tank and a kiwi fit together? Well, this is certainly the right place to give you a definate answer! Jeff Plowman's excellent site is namely entirely dedicated to the New Zealand armour during World War II, and it contains several excellent articles, including the ones about the 3rd NZ Army Division Tank Squadron that eventually saw some combat actions on Nissan Island in the Solomons.
U.S.S. battleship Washington 1941-1945
A great website by David H. Lippman about the USS battleship Washington and her actions in the Atlantic and the Pacific. More importantly, you simply MUST visit his superb WWII chronology called the "WORLD WAR II PLUS 55".
The Invasion of Tarawa 1943
The bloodbath on Tarawa Atoll, a description of one of the most bloody battles in the Pacific Ocean, where the Marines have paid a heavy price for a small coral atoll.
The Last Battle: Okinawa 1945
A CMH article about one of the most bloody battle of World War II, the capture of Okinawa Island in 1945. As all CMH articles also this one includes extremly detailed info with some great photos and there is also a "magnifique" collection of maps. A MUST site for anyone who share interest about Okinawa 1945.
American Air Aces of World War Two
A detailed website about U.S. Air Force and its air aces during World War II. Many interesting articles, sections, including the one about USMC aviation and Tuskegee Airmen, Order of Battles and stories.
Admiralty Islands, February-May 1944: the Operations of the 1st U.S. Cavalry Division
A CMH article about the operations of the 1st American Cavalry Division on the Admiralties in spring of 1944. Again, site with some superb maps and great info, which goes much into details, including the sweeping operations on the islands after the organized Japanese resistance had already ceased to exist. Heartily recommended to all those who like finding out more about the Admiralties in 1944.
The Australian and New Zealand Victoria Cross Web Site
As the title already referrs to, this is a web site about Australians and New Zealanders who won the Victoria Cross, the highest Britain's military decoration. Excellent info, photos and the design of the site.
A touching website about two Canadian soldiers, each taking a different path during World War II. The site (click The Story of Private Henri Richard) includes an excellent chapter about Canadian landing on Kiska Island (Aleutians) in January 1943. Worthwhile of visit for all those who like to read more about the Canadian role in the Kiska Island Operation.
Leyte & Ormoc WWII History
A great site made by a Filipino webmaster about the history of Leyte during World War II, with some photos which I have not seen so far. There is also some interesting details and articles about the Filipino guerilla army on Leyte Island during 1942-1944, and I even managed to find a personal account by a Filipino WWII veteran, a former guerilla fighter.
Artillery in New Zealand (NZPFOCA Home Page)
A wonderful website about the history of the New Zealand artillery, including the 3rd NZ Division's artillery in the Pacific in 1943-1944. The site contain many interesting articles, pictures, photos of badges, artilelry pieces, reports and other interesting things.
The 3rd New Zealand Division in the Pacific War 1942-1944
The history and timeline of the New Zealand involvement in the Pacific War 1941-1945. The site is devoted to the 3rd NZ Division and her operations in the Pacific Area - on Green Island, Fiji and the Solomonss. Great articles about little known topics. One of rare sites, where I was finally able to get a decent overview about the New Zealand landing on Vella Lavella Island in the Solomons in 1943.
The Liberation of Guam Island, July-August 1944: the Operations of the 77th U.S. Division
Another wonderful article coming from CMH Collection of the U.S. Army Military Institute. This huge article is entirely deovted to the operations of the 77th U.S. Infantry Division during the liberation of Guam Island in summer of 1944. Detailed info, excellent maps and great photos!
The Invasion of Wake Island, December 1941
Gregory Urwin's excellent summary from his book "The Siege of Wake Island". You can find here some really great photos of Wake Island from December 1941, and what I appreciate most, two descriptions of the events on the island, one told by US Marine and second one by a Japanese veteran, both participants of the battle for this tiny coral outpost.
The China Marines: 4th Marine Regiment in Shanghai
A superb website devoted to the 4th Marine Regiment of the United States Marine Corps which saw much of its service in the Shanghai International Settlement in China during 1920s and 1930s. The graphically well-designed site includes, besides a detailed section about US Marines in China, also chapters about the struggle of the 4th Marines on the Philippines and Corregidor Island in 1941-1942 and the Japanese captivity, and has in addition a marvellous photo gallery with many interesting photos of the 4th Marines from the China (Shanghai) period, including an excellent map of Shanghai International Settlement in late 1930s, that clearly shows us the borders between the British, American, Japanese and the French sector inside this settlement, something what I have been personally looking for quite a while! I recommend to check this website to everyone who shares a deep interest in the less known themes of the Pacific War! You won't regret it!
The Indian Air Force in World War II, 1939-1945
A very interesting website about the beginnings of the Indian Air Force, which later, during World War II, grew up into a mighty armada. This site has some very interesting articles (I for example was very much impressed by the "Sikhs in IAF"); it includes many details about aircraft, training programmes and the daily life of Indian aircrew as well as some information about the Indian air operations in the Pacific Theatre, especially during Arakan Offensive in 1943. There are also many photos of Indian air personnel and their aircraft and even a veteran account by an Indian World War II airman.
The Aviation and the Indonesian War of Independence 1945-1949
I thought you might wanna read this article from Chandelle Aviation Journal and enjoy in it as much as I did! A wonderful article, and I mean here wonderful with the capital W, by Robert Craig Johnson about Indonesian and Dutch airpower during the Indonesian War of Independence 1945-1949. The article literally bursts from various details, including top notch produced colour images of Indonesian (Kawanishi H6K, Ki-43-II Hayabusa, Mitsubishi F1M2) and Dutch aircraft (Thunderbolts II, P-40N, Spitfires, Mustangs, B-25 and even Firefly FR. I from HNMS carrier Karel Doorman). I would highly recommend this website to all those who are interested in either Indonesian War of Independence, especially about it's air campaign, or about the Japanese and Allied aircraft in Indonesian and Dutch air services respectively during Ahmed Soekarno's struggle for independent Indonesia.
World War Two History Info
A website with many World War II related articles about U.S. army operations in Europe as well as the Pacific and Asian theater. They have very good articles about Midway and Savo Island battles, but I am sure you will be able to dig up some more interesting data once you get involved in surfing through their website.
MERRILL'S MARAUDERS: February-May 1944
This site about Merill's Marauders is an account of the operations of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) in north Burma from February to May 1944. The Marauders' effort was part of a coordinated offensive, the Allied reconquest of north Burma. Details of the offensive are summarized briefly to set the operations of the 5307th within the larger framework. On 10 August 1944 the 5307th was reorganized as the 475th Infantry Regiment. You may find in this article almost all: the story about why and how was this remarkable unit formed, a detailed accounts about all three missions, including its role in the capture of Myitkyina in August 1944. Also many maps are available in the article!
Australia's Secret Number One: The Loss of H.M.A.S Sydney
A website dedicated to one of biggest mysteries of World War II about what has happened to some 700 crew members of HMAS cruiser Sydney, after being heavily damaged by a German pirate cruiser Kormoran in the Indian Ocean in 1941.
B-10s to Stratojets
An article about the Air Gunner Chuck Baisden, a member of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), who flew in China and Burma during the first years of the war in 1941-1942. Many interesting details about the journey to China and there are also some very interesting photos of Chuck Baisden in Burma, including one where he's standing in front of a B-10 bomber. You can also contact Mr. Baisden at his personal e-mail address listed at the bottom of the page. Wow!
The History of 308th Bombardment Group, China-Burma-India 1942 - 1945
A great website honoured to the 308th American Bombardment Group that flew much of its actions over Chinese, Indian and Burmese skies. A great study with many interesting details and photos, lots of it provided by the veterans (or their family members) who served with the 308th Bombardment Group, about the Air War in Burma 1942-1945.
The Red Raiders: The History of 22nd Bombardment Group, Pacific Theater 1942 - 1945
Another superb website about Air War in the Pacific! Both webmasters, David and Mike Klimesh have made a great jobe in presenting the history of the 22nd Bombardment Group with Martin B-26 Marauders, an airplane that many of the pilots back then called a bitch and a killer due high percentage of air crashes and losses in the training programmes in the United States. However, in the hands of experienced pilots the B-26 proved to be a powerful weapon, what was soon acknowledged by the Japanese whose defended bastions on Portuguese Timor, New Guinea, New Britain and Rabaul were a constant target of the 22nd Group.
The Flying Tigers: American Volunteer Group (AVG), China & Burma 1941-1942
This is the official website of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), als known the Flying Tigers, which fought in China and Burma as part of General Chennault's Chinese Air Force in 1940-1942. AVG, with some minor RAF units, later played an important role in the Burma Air Campaign 1941-1942. You can find here a short history of this unit, with some really beautiful other news as well as the message forum, where you can ask AVG related questions plus a news board regarding the activities of the AVG Veteran Association today. Worthwhile of your visit!
The Web Home of 341st Bombardment Group, China-Burma-India 1941-1945
A wonderful study of the 341st Bombardment Group that flew its missions in China, Burma and India in 1942-1945. It contains a reasonably detailed history of this air group as well as some photos. It certainly deserves a click by anyone who is interested in the Burma Air Campaign 1942-1945.
Fighter Aces Of The 7th Fighter Squadron 1941-1945
An article from An online World War II aviation history magazine describing the history of 7th Fighter Squadron and its P-40E Warhawks in combat actions with Japanese Zeros over Australia, New Guinea and New Britain in the early stage of the Pacific conflict. In addition, the article also seems to be equipped also with rare photo material.
Biplane Fighter Aces from the Second World War 1939-1945
A great website by Mr. Hĺkan Gustavsson from Sweden, dedicated to World War II biplane aces, their stories and aircraft. It also contains some articles about Japanese, British & Commonwealth and Chinese biplane aces. If you are air enthusiast plus interested in biplanes, then this is the right website for you!
The Biographies of Dutch Generals of the KNIL in the Dutch East Indies 1939-1942
Mr Hans Houterman from Holland, who has been extremly helpful by making the Dutch East Indies Biographies Section, is hosting a great website about Dutch generals in World War II, and among them are also KNIL generals.
Early days of Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Defense in 1940s
I found this website extremly interesting, since it speaks about the American presence in the Panama Canal Zone, a stretegically important area for the United States during World War II. The site contains some very good material about US troops in the Canal Zone, focusing on Fort Clayton, and in addition I found also some notes about the 33rd US Infantry which was sent to Dutch Guyana in 1942 to protect the vital bauxite mines situated there. There are some very rare photos of American troops in the Panama Canal Zone during the war.
War History of the Australian Meteorological Service in the Royal Australian Air Force April 1941 to July 1946
It seems that the meteorological services are often a forgotten part in the history of World War II, so I considered it only fair and right to put this website on my Links Section, thus expressing my "thanks" to the people who made it for giving us the insight about how do meteorological services work in war circumstances.
History of the VF-17, the Jolly Rogers, the Pacific Area 1943-1945
The history of one of America's most successful naval fighter squadrons in World War II, the VF-17 or the Jolly Rogers as they were nicknamed; the unit that could at the end of the war boasted with twelve aces, more than any other naval air unit. The site's history section gives a good insight in the operations of the VF-17 aviators in the Solomons, Bougainville, Rabaul, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Coastal Submarine Attacks on Oregon, December 1941
In the first month of the war the Imperial Japanese Navy submarines launched several astonishing actions off the coast of California and Oregon, sinking several vessels, shelling Los Angleles, while Chief Flying Officer Nobuo Fujita from the I-25 became the first, and by now the only enemy pilot to have ever dropped bombs on the continental United States. This link provides you with some details about this raid, and be sure to click relating links to find some more info about these Japanese raids on the US Western Coast in 1941-1942.
The History Place: The US Troops in Pacific Campaign 1941-1945
A small collection of World War II photos, showing the US Troops in the Pacific Campaign 1941-1945; some photos I found quite interesting though.
VI. Bomber Command in Defense of the Panama Canal 1941-1945
This extensive VI. Bomber Command web site is dedicated to the US air crews that protected the Panama Canal during World War II, and their struggle with the lack of motivation, poor living conditions, monotonous tasks and, occasionally, with some German U-Boats that appeared in Carribean waters, threatening to cut off the Allied oil supply from Venezuela and Mexico. A great site about a little known topic, and as such I would recommend it to anyone who shares a drop of interest in obscure and forgotten theatres of World War II, something that the War in the Carribean 1940-1945 most certainly was, and unfortunately, still is.
The Navajo Code Talkers in the Pacific War
This web site is dedicated to the Native Americans, especially to those one from the Navajo tribe, who served in USMC or Army as code talkers and messengers, and as such significantly contributed to the Allied victory in the Pacific War.
HyperWar Chapter: The Marine Pilots in the Solomons, 1942-1944
A superb article by Commander Peter B. Mersky, U.S. Naval Reserve, devoted to the airmen of the US Marine Corps and their struggle with the Japanese air force for air supremacy in the Solomons in 1942-1944. It contains many interesting information and also some interesting photos. Worthwhile of your visit.
HyperWar Chapter: Early Raids in the Pacific Ocean, February-March 1942
A detailed article from HyperWar about the early American carrier strikes on newly established Japanese bases in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, Rabaul, Wake and Marcus, Lae and Salamaua in early 1942. The article contains detailed order of battles for each striking force, several photos and some excellent maps.
HyperWar Chapter: MAGIC - The Intelligence War in the Pacific Theatre of Operations 1941-1945
Several links from HyperWar that will led you to the detailed articles about the importance of intelligence resources in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Midway battle and the Coral Sea battle. Worthwhile of visit, I guess.
HyperWar Chapter: Victory in the Pacific Air War, Surrender, Occupation
Another great collection of links regarding the final months of war in the Pacific theatre of operations, including the drops of A-bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, an interview with Paul Tibbets and the documents related to Operation "Downfall" - the invasion of Japan (Honshu & Kyushu).
Marauders of the Sea: German Raiders in World War II
A promising web site with lots of info and photos of German pirate cruisers (Penguin, Kormoran, Atlantis and others) during World War II and their operations, including the ones off Australian and New Zealand Coast, and the Pacific Ocean.
Doolittle Raiders Online: The Doolittle Raid on Japan in 1942
This is the official website of the Doolittle Raiders, a popular name given to the airmen of the United States Army Air Corps, who in April 1942, led by Lt.-Col. James Doolittle, flew their B-25 Mitchell bombers off of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the first strike against the Japanese home islands. Excellent graphic design, although I advise you to use Internet Explorer browser instead of Netscape Navigator, when clicking on this site.
HyperWar Chapter: Western Pacific, June 1944-September 1945
Another great article from the U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II, this time about the Western Pacific in 1944-1945, the fighting on Guam, Tinian, the Palaus and Saipan. Worthwhile of your visit.
The history and sinking of the Free French submarine Surcouf, 1940-1942
It was an exceptionally dark night on February 18th, and the captain of the US freighter Thompson Lykes had left his bridge for a few minutes to read a signal, when his vessel shuddered and he heard an enormous crash. Rushing back to the outer bridge, he could see the bow of what appeared to be a giant submarine. Faint cries were heard and someone reported seeing a light in the water, as the freighter forged ahead. It was only a matter of seconds before the world's largest submarine, the Surcouf, displacing some 3,000 tons and carrying two eight inch guns, ten torpedo tubes and even a small seaplane in a hangar aft of her conning tower, sank in nine thousand feet of water, somewhere north of Galinas Island in the Panama Zone, taking below the whole crew of 118 men and its skipper Captain of the Corvette Georges Louis Blaison. This is a web site dedicated to this mysterious submarine, and I would heartily recommend it to all who are interested in unsolved mysteries of World War II. Jan Visser and others, if you are reading this, then you must check the Photo Gallery with some of the finest photos of the submarine-cruiser Surcouf I had ever seen!
see also http://www.rpmwin.com/user/padagge/wwii.htm No. 29
HyperWar Chapter: Eastern Mandates, January 1944-June 1944
Next article from the U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II, this time about the Eastern Mandates area (Gilbert and Marshall Islands) in 1944, the fighting on Kwajalein Atoll, Roi, Namur and Eniwetok Atoll. Worthwhile reading.
RegiaMarina.Net: The Italian fleet in the Red Sea 1940-1941
Great article by Cristiano D'Adamo about the Italian fleet contingent in the Red Sea and its actions after Italy has entered the war in 1940. You can also find here some pretty interesting photos of Italian vessels anchored in Massawa harbour.
German Maritime Activities off the Australia Coastline during World War II
Little is known about the acitivities of the U-Boats off Australian coast, so I was very glad to find this article which depicts some information about German raiders, HMAS Sydney Affair and the sea mines, which were being laid off the Australian coast by German U-Boats of the Asian squadron of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy).
HyperWar Chapter: Northern Solomons, February 1943-November 1944
The article from the the U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II about the US Army operations in the Northern Solomons in 1943-1944 - New Georgia, Rendova, Munda, Vella Lavella and Bougainville landings.
HyperWar Chapter: The Ryukyus, March-July 1945
A fine article by the U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II Collection about the American invasion of the Ryukus and Okinawa Island respectively, which was the last major battle of World War II for the American soldier. They paid a heavy toll - some 13,000 Americans were killed in action and 35,000 of them were wounded, what makes this the highest number of American casualties for any campaign in the Pacific in 1941-1945.
HyperWar Chapter: Up the Slot: Marines in the Central Solomons, 1943-1944
A magnificient article by Major Charles D. Melson, USMC (ret.) about the operations of the US Marines in the Central Solomons; the landings on Rendova, Munda and New Georgia. The author also briefly touches the actions of the Marine Aviation in the Central Solomons, especially during the fighting on New Georgia.
Stone & Stone History Page: The Japanese submarines in the Mozambique Channel 1942
An article vfrom Stone & Stone History Page about the operations of the Japanese submarines and seaplanes in the Indian Ocean in early 1942, and more importantly, this articles also provides some very good information about the attack of Japanese midget submarines in Diego Suarez harbour in May 1942.
HyperWar Chapter: Leyte, October 1944 - July 1945
Great article from the U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II serie about the American landing on Leyte in October 1944 and the harsh fighting that followed. You can find here a basic summary of this battle and also some photos, a map and some military art artifacts.
HyperWar Chapter: The Battle of Savo Island, 9 August 1942
The best online article (ONI Combat Narrative) depicting the USN Navy's worst defeat in its history, the battle of Savo Island in August 1942. It contains many valuable information about the battle, excellent maps and photos. Really I would recommend it to everyone interested in naval warfare in the Pacific in 1941-1945.
HyperWar Chapter: The Java Sea Campaign, January-February 1942
I was pretty surprised to find this web site in the first place, only to discover that this has been one of the latest updates on this web site (June 2002)! The best online article so far about the Java Sea Campaign 1941, no doubt about that! It includes the Plans, Allied and Japanese Forces, the battle itself and the end of the ABDA Sea Command. It also has some excellent photos, not to mention maps! Jan, Dan, Allan and other naval buffs, you gotta read this site!
Air Aces Homepage
Here you can find the stories of many air aces of World War II from Germany, Finland, Poland, Great Britain, and among others also from the United States of America, Imperial Japan and the Netherlands. Worthwhile of your visit.
Pacific Wreck Database
Without any doubt one of the best Pacific World War II related websites currently online! This website compiles the work of collaborators from around the world related to the history, veterans and wreckage of this theater of World War II. You can find photos of Guam, Guadalcanal, Rabaul, Tarawa and many other places that gained its fame during the war, of how they looked like today and if there are still any scarfs of the war. I think I also managed to find on this website a short interview with Martin Clemens, a British coastwatcher from Guadalcanal. In any case, the site is awesome and I am heartily recommending it to anyone who's interested in the history of Pacific War 1941-1945.
Garrett's Skyhole: A Marine Veteran on Guadalcanal 1942
This website is the home of a Marine Diary: "My Experiences on Guadalcanal - An Eyewitness Account of the Battle of Guadalcanal" by Rube Garrett who tells his story of the 11th Marine Artillery, 1st US Marine Division, who experienced all the cruelty and unhuman efforts on the "Green Island of Death". I like this site very much, also because I found some photos of how do former battlefields on the island of Guadalcanal look like today.
Opération "IRONCLAD": Diego Suarez, 5-8 mai 1942
A short summary of the Allied landing on Magadascar and Diego Suarez respectively. You can find here a detailed order of battle for both sides with casualty list, and in addition, the webmaster has provided three excellent maps of the Diego Suarez area. I am afraid the site is available in French language only, but that should not prevent you understanding the basic information from it. It is not that hard to understand French, n'est-pas?
"My Guadalcanal" by Second Lieutenant Genjirou Inui
This is probably the only online available diary of a Japanese World War II Veteran! Genjirou Inui was a Second Lieutenant, a platoon leader of 8th Independent Anti-Tank Gun Company attached to Ichiki Detachment, which was the first unit to arrive on Guadalcanal after it was occupied by US Marines. His diary is divided into three chapters describing the events from May 1942 to February 1943, including the Midway operation (the author has put some interesting notes about this battle), the recuperation on Guam and then the battle of Guadalcanal, where his unit faced a heavy decimation. There are even some photos personally taken by the author what makes the site even more interesting. Also interestingly is, that the author fought with the 16th Division in the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, but unfortunately his diary does not include these two operations. Too bad, since I would be very much interested in hearing the opinion of Japanese veterans who were actually taking part in the NEI campaign (Java Island) 1941-1942.
PAPUAN CAMPAIGN: The Buna-Sanananda Operation, November 1942-January 1943
Papuan Campaign: The Buna-Sanananda Operation (16 November 1942-23 January 1943) is one of a series of fourteen studies of World War II operations originally published by the War Department's Historical Division, and is also available on the net. A very detailed article about the operations of American and Australian troops at Buna, Gona and Sanananda in late 1942, supported by several top notch maps and remarkable photographs. I would recommend this article to every person who is interested in the Papuan Campaign in 1942-1945.
THE CAPTURE OF MAKIN, November 1943
This article, another one coming from American Forces in Action Series, depicts the U.S. 27th Army Division's operations on the atoll of Makin in November 1943. A detailed article with many photos and highly accurate maps makes this site as one of my favourite, therefore I am recommending it to all who are (as me) interested in the history of the Gilberts.
A History of the Battle for Australia 1942-1943
This wonderful website by James Bowen is dedicated to the courageous Australian and American troops, who resisted, and ultimately repulsed the Japanese military attack on their country in 1942-43. It contains many interesting articles about the role of Australia in the New Guinea Campaign 1942-1943; I personally found his article about the fighting on the Kokoda Trail, simply the best! Be sure to check this site. You won't be disappointed!
Aircraft Archaeology in Malaya
One of the best web sites I have recently come across on the internet! It deals with the recovery of artifacts from the crash sites of World War II aircraft together with some information from World War II battles in Malaya. In addition, there is also a superb photo exhibition dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of Japanese Landing at Kota Bharu with many outstanding photographs of the former landing side today! I sincerly recommend this web site to all enthusiasts of the Pacific War.
Air Group 4 (AG-4) during World War II - Casablanca to Tokyo
This recently discovered web site depicts the history of the Air Group 4 (AG-4), which carried out many of its tasks from its first aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger (CV-4), and saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of War. The group was involved in Operation Torch to support the North African campaign and Operation Leader, attacks on German shipping and port facilities along the Norwegian coast, as well providing anti-submarine and convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic. In July 1944, the AG-4 was reformed and transferred to the Pacific to fly from the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) and the USS Essex (CV-9), participating in the first carrier task force strikes on Tokyo and the Japanese mainland. The web site includes many petty details about little known events, which are making this site great in all aspects.
Dornier Do-24 Homepage
This wonderful site, created by André de Zwart, is the best online web site dedicated to show the history of the Dornier Do-24, a flying boat developed by famous German aircraft manufacturer Dornier for the Dutch Navy in 1934. The design was later also adopted by the Luftwaffe and proved to be one of the best flying boats ever build, serving into the 1970s with the Spanish SAR. You can find here everything what you need to know about this aircraft - its history, technical data, prototypes, and there are also published some stories about the usage of Dutch Dornier Do-24s' of the Marine Luchtvaartdienst (MLD) in the Dutch East Indies Campaign 1941-1942.
The Second World War Experience Centre: The Burma-Thai Railroad
The initial military successes of Japan in Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore, Burma and the Philippines, resulted in thousands of POWs becoming available for slave labour. Although the Second World War Experience Centre covers all the war, it has quite a large and interesting article on the Thailand-Burma Railway with some fascinating photos and colour paintings.
P-36 Hawk Homepage
A great web site by Bruce Crawford about the development and history of P-36 Hawk, which in addition offers some new insights into this relatively unknown yet fascinating aircraft. There are even some small sections about Thai Hawks in World War II, the British P-36 Hawks in the Burma and China Theater of Operations and about the usage of P-36 Hawks in the Militaire Luchtvaart during the Dutch East Indies Campaign in 1941-1942.
Japanese Submarine Attack on Curry County in World War II
On Wednesday morning, September 9, 1942, the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-25 surfaced west of Cape Blanco and launched a small seaplane piloted by Chief Flying Officer Nobuo Fujita. Fujita flew southeast over the Oregon coast, dropping incendiary bombs on Mount Emily, 10 miles northeast of Brookings. His two air attacks on Oregon in September 1942 constituted the first attacks on the continental United States since the British invasion in 1814 during the War of 1812, and until today he remains the only enemy pilot to have ever dropped bombs on the continental United States.
Fepow Community 1941-1945
One of the best online web sites about the Allied prisoners-of-war in the Far East in 1941-1945. A site where you can find personal accounts of former POWs, who "lived their captivity as an endless nightmare and with no hope many died of despair", including a Fepow E-Group where you can share your stories with other people and the veterans or helping others. In addition to this you simply gotta to check a Research section and inside it the Rising Sun chapter, where you are going to find some of the best Malaya and the Dutch East Indies Campaign related articles, dispatches and reports, many of them being based on British official sources and reports. If you are looking for your relative who was a former POW in the Far East then this is a web site that you should look first!
Lost Lives: The Second World War and the islands of New Guinea
Often neglected in the media's commemoration calendar and little known beyond those directly affected, this web site commemorates the Second World War in the islands of New Guinea and the impact it has had on many lives. The site aims to make information about the people and events in New Britain and New Ireland before, during and after Japanese occupation, readily available to a wide range of researchers in order to raise the profile of this area and theatre of war ... The web site, made by Joanne and Jenny Evans, is a marvellous tribute to all those young men and women who had perished on the islands of New Guinea during the war and are today forgotten by the governments and historians.
Armenian Military in World Wars
A wonderful web site by Eduardo Abrahamyan about the Armenian military contribution in World War I and World War II. The site is available in Armenian and English language, although the lattest may contain some grammtical errors (eg Sykes-Picot Agreement), but nothing too serious though. Lots of obscure reading about little known formations, like for example the French sponsored Armenian Legion in the Middle East in 1918.
Fort Leavenworth Papers: Defending the Driniumor - Covering Force Operations in New Guinea, 1944
Exquisite article by Dr. Edward J. Drea from the Leavenworth Papers which are publications of the Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, about the fierce battles between the Japanese and Americans along the Driniumor River during the Aitape campaign in 1944. The capture of Hollandia and Aitape was one of the first steps toward MacArthur's goal of returning to the Philippines...
Alvin Lee's Wehrmacht Osttruppen 1941-1945
An excellent web site by Alvin Lee from Singapore about Asian formations which served in the German Wehrmacht (the so-called Osttruppen) during World War II. Lots of photographs and interesting details about the obscure units.
Fort Leavenworth Papers: Merrill's Marauders - Combined Operations in Northern Burma in 1944
Another excellent article by Gary J. Bjorge from the set of Fort Leavenworth Papers about the Merrill's Marauders and their combat operations in Northern Burma in 1944. Informative article with many details and superb maps, and there are even some words devoted to the role of Chinese divisions in the operations in Northern Burma in 1942-1944, a subject that has also been very much overlooked by the Pacific World War II historians.
The Jungle Air Force of World War II 1942-1945
Wonderful web site devoted to the 13th Army Air Force (The Jungle Air Force) in World War II 1942-1945. The site contains, besides the basic information about the 13th Army Air Force and its Japanese adversary, also a nice Photographic Gallery, SW Pacific WW II Sketchbook, and a selected list of bibliography. I especially appreciate this site, because I was able to find in it some very useful information about Biak, Maffin and Hollandia landings. It is well designed, informative and as such certainly deserves to be visited by you. You won't be disappointed.
Fort Leavenworth Papers: Rangers - Selected Combat Operations in World War II
Excellent article by Dr. Michael J. King about the combat operations of the America's elite force, the Rangers, in World War II. Although most of the article is about the Rangers operations in French North Africa and Italy, like for example about the fiasco at Cisterna during the Anzio landing, you will also find a chapter about one of the most successful American special forces operation in World War II, the attack of the 6th American Ranger Battalion on a Japanese POW compound near Cabanatuan in the Philippines, when the Rangers in a daring operation managed to rescue 513 Allied prisoners of war, and namely 486 Americans, 23 British, 3 Dutch and 1 Norwegian at the cost of two of their own men killed.
Fort Leavenworth Papers: Japan's Battle of Okinawa, April-June 1945
This excellent article by Thomas M. Huber is probably the best article I have ever seen being written about the Okinawa campaign in 1945. The article not only contains a detailed study of planning and strategy of both opponents, but also detailed order of battle and the execution of the campaign, along with many top notch maps and photographs. Better to look for yourselves, as it is certainly worthwhile of your visit and attention.
Rabaul History: Paradise-Fortress-Inferno
This web site is not that rich with information as some of the previous ones are, but nonetheless it provides you with some basic information about the history of Rabaul and the surroundings during both world wars and the period between the wars, the lattest currently still being under construction. Poor in info, rich in photographs! I have discovered on this web site many interesting nowdays photographs of Japanese underground fortifications in Rabaul. Did you know that the pumice hills of Rabaul were honeycombed with over 500 km of tunnels, including 15 hospitals, including one being 4 km in length, and having capacity for 2,500 patients? Mamma mia! In addition you may also find some info and photos Japanese Armoured vehicles and trucks, ship wrecks, and some very nice shots of the RNZAF's Lockheed Hudson wreck at Talasea.
Operation Hailstone, Feburary 17th - 18th, 1944
I always admire web sites that are entirely dedicated to one operation or campaign, and as such includes many lesser known details and maps. This site is one of them, and it is dedicated to the US air strikes on Truk Lagoon, which was one of the biggest Japanese naval and air bases in the Pacific Ocean throughout the war. The site contains many details, and photographs and is really worth of your visit.
Steven's Imperial Japanese Navy Submarine Page
This recently discovered web site about the Imperial Japanese Navy submarines is an attempt of the author, Steven Eckardt, to give as much information about the IJN Submarine Service from its inception in 1905 until its demise at the end of World War II. Although the site itself is packed with details about the Japanese Submarine Service (units, submarines, commanders, submarine aces and about their victims), it is very hard to navigate through it, especially if you use the Netscape browser, because the tables in some sections are a bit too big, thus hard to read all things.
Fort Leavenworth Papers: Pastel - Deception in the Invasion of Japan
In 1945, to end the Pacific war, American strategic plans foresaw an invasion of Japan's heavily defended home islands. Operations Olympic and Coronet, America's proposed landings on Kyushu and the Tokyo Plain, were the largest amphibious invasions ever planned. Although precluded by war's end, preparations for both were extensive. To gain the element of surprise, Washington and theater planners developed Operations Pastel and Coronet Deception, deception operations designed to convey to the Japanese a false story of where the actual assault landings would occur. In Pastel: Deception in the Invasion of Japan, Dr. Thomas M. Huber reveals the contents, origins, and effects of these two comprehensive, coordinated deception plans as they related to the scheduled invasion of Japan. He also provides the Japanese perceptions as the plans unfolded. This special study reminds us of the vital role of deception in operational planning -- Superb article about even more superb subject which is going to answer many unreplied questions of yours about what would have happened if the Allied forces would land on Japan in 1945.
A site dedicated to the "Forgotten Fighter", the Bristol Beaufighter, and the squadrons that flew it in the Second World War. Included are squadron histories, including those RAF and RAAF squadrons that fought in the Pacific and aircraft details.
ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland
This excellent site includes a host of educational and historical information on ANZAC Day, the Spirit of ANZAC and all conflicts in which Australian forces have served. I would just like to pinpoint two of their exhaustive articles, the first dealing with the "Island Defenders: The Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion 1941-1945" and "A Long Dusty Track", about one of probably most neglected chapters in the Australian World War II history, the construction of the railway and road link between Darwin and Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
Samoloty Wojskowe Swiata 1935-1945
A very detailed website about the World Air Forces between 1935-1945. You can find here sections about Thai, Japanese, American, British and even Manchurian aviation. There are also several excellent articles in the History Section, the ones about French-Thai Air War by Jarek Garlicki being, at least for me, the most interesting and obscure. The page is available only in Polish language, but this should not keep you away, since these guys have produced some really superb graphics (aviation markings) worthwhile of your visit. Believe me!
Burma Star Association - War against Japan - Burma Campaign
A promising website with various articles and other details about Burma Campaign 1941-1945.
The Australian Merchant Navy in World War II, 1939-1945
A well-designed website about Australian Merchant Navy in World war II, with details about ships and men that served aboard, and you can also find some details about operations, in which Australian merchant ships took part.
Site for the Study of Guam and Allied POWS under the Japanese in World War II
Roger Mansell's website about the treatment of Allied POWs in Japanese captivity during World War II. You may also find on the site some details about New Zealand coastwatchers on Gillbert Islands and more importantly, a very detailed study about the fall of Guam Island in December 1941. Roger knows a lot about this short campaign...
The Persian Corridor and Aid to Russia
This excellent article by T. H. Vail Motter from the Center of Military History of the United States tells the story of United States Army activity in the Persian Corridor during the war years 1941-1945. The author has used for his article many official American and British documents of that time and also includes several excellent and rare photographs along with some tables, charts, glossary, maps and illustrations.
Journal of Historical Review: Hideki Tojo's Prison Diary
Published here for the first time in English is the postwar prison "diary" of Japanese General and Premier Hideki Tojo. After an outstanding army career and service as War Minister, Tojo served as Prime Minister from October 1941 to July 1944 - perhaps the most critical period in his country's history. Written while in prison, this "diary" consists of several essays, a reconstructed daily log of the critical period of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, and answers to anticipated prosecution questions. Composed in part as an aid in trial proceedings, and in partas an explanation for posterity, this memoir/justification by a central figure of twentieth century history is a valuable historical document. Unknown to the world for more than forty years, these papers were first published in 1991 by historian Sanae Sato in the August and September issues of the Japanese monthly magazine Hoseki.
Never forgotten! The story of Taiwan POW Camps, 1941-1945
This is the story of the Japanese prisoner of war camps on the island of Taiwan (Formosa) during the Second World War and of the men who were interned in them. The site contains descriptions of the former camps, as well as an honour roll of the prisoners of war. The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society, the owner of this web site, is committed to finding the locations of the former prisoner of war camps and documenting their history.
The United States Naval Historical Center
The Naval Historical Center is the official history program of the Department of the Navy. Its lineage dates back to 1800 with the founding of the Navy Department Library by President John Adams. The Center now includes a museum, art gallery, research library, archives, and curator as well as research and writing programs.
Orders and Medals of Japan
The fascinating Orders and Medals of Japan website is focused on military-related pre-1945 awards of Imperial Japan. It also covers the badges of military support or patriotic associations. A very promising website with excellent info about little known Japanese WWII decorations and awards and a superb photo coverage.
Charles Lindbergh and the 475th Fighter Group
A great and extremly detailed article about Charles Lindbergh's experiences during his sweeping combat flights with the USAAF's 475th Fighter Group over New Guinea, Emirau Island and Dutch East Indies.
USS Fletcher (DD-445): The Fighting Fletcher
The USS Fletcher was the lead ship of the most famous class of destroyers in the history of the United States Navy. Today when sailors think of destroyers from the WWII era they envision a Fletcher class destroyer with a bone in her teeth as her sleek hull slices through the sea. Fletcher served in World War II, Korea, the Cold War and Vietnam. She was decommissioned on August 1, 1969. The site, operated by the USS Fletcher Reunion Group, is entirely dedicated to this particular vessel and also describes her actions in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.
North American B-25 Mitchell Bombers
This web site is dedicated to the crew of the North American B-25J, Mitchell Bomber, "Heavenly Body". Manufactured by North American at the Kansas city plant in late 1944 and was accepted by the U.S Army Air Force, in February 1945, as, B-25J-25-NC USAAF s/n 44-30748. Also detailed history of B-25 bombers in World War II and of Doolittle Raid.
Alamo Scouts Home Page
The Alamo Scouts were organized on Fergusson Island, New Guinea, on 28 November 1943 to conduct reconnaissance and raider work in the Southwest Pacific Theater under the personal command of then Lt. General Walter Krueger, Commanding General, Sixth U.S. Army. Named for his beloved association with San Antonio, Texas, and the Alamo, Krueger envisioned that the Alamo Scouts, consisting of small teams of highly trained volunteers, would operate deep behind enemy lines to provide intelligence-gathering and tactical reconnaissance in advance of Sixth U.S. Army landing operations. Including some original mission reports and excellent photographs.
USS BUSH - DD529: A World War II Fletcher Class Destroyer
This site contains deck logs, photos, crew memories, a glossary of terms, and other information about the USS BUSH. It is an example of life aboard a World War II U.S. Navy destroyer. Commissioned May 10, 1943, the USS BUSH was sunk by Japanese suicide planes April 6, 1945. This page is dedicated to the brief, yet active life of this fine ship.
The Sinking of the Junyo Maru
The Junyo Maru - 5620 Dutch, English, Australian and American POWs and Javanese slave labourers died when this 5000 ton Japanese cargo boat - under the command of Japanese Forces - was torpedoed off the western coast of Sumatra by a British submarine HMS Tradewind in September 1944. Read here about this disaster. It includes two survivors stories, the story of the sinking, a submarine commander's report and a list of casualties.
Muw's Toybox: Japanese Tanks and Armoured Vehicles
Well, before you click on this website you ought to know that it is unfortunately only in Japanese but neverthless it should be checked by all armour buffs. It contains some excellent photos of Japanese armour in WWII and model galleries. To those who can read and understand Japanese I strongly recommend to search for an interesting interview with a Japanese tank crewman of the 18th Tank Regiment who served in Japan in 1945.
The Brotherhood of Soldiers At War: The Sullivan Brothers
Early on the morning of 11 January 1943, the Sullivan family from Waterloo, Iowa, received a message from the Navy Department, informing them that all five Sullivan brothers Albert, Francis, George, Joseph and Madison Sullivan are missing in action in the South Pacific after their ship, the USS cruiser Juneau, was sunk off Guadalcanal in November 1943.
U.S.S. Indianapolis (CA-35): The Worst Naval Disaster in US History
At 12:14 a.m. on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 men on board, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remainder, about 900 men, were left floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats and most with no food or water. The ship was never missed, and by the time the survivors were spotted by accident four days later only 316 men were still alive.
Digger History: An unofficial history of the Australian & New Zealand Armed Services
An unofficial history of the Australian & New Zealand Armed Services in World War I & II. The site is divided into sctions detailing the training, equipment, uniforms and combat history of ANZAC troops in both world wars. Truly a good start if you plan to do a detailed investigation about Australian and New Zealand involvement in WW1 and WW2.
Journal of Historical Review: Subhas Chandra Bose, The Indian National Army, and The War of India's Liberation
An article from the Journal of Historical Review by Mr. Ranjan Borra about the planning and organization of the Indian National Army in World War II on both the Western and Eastern Threatre of Operations. I was especially delighted to read the chapter that deals with the INA operations in Burma and Malaya cause this is still much an unexplored area for me and franklly there ain't much about that on the internet, is it?
The Drop Zone Virtual Museum
The Drop Zone Virtual Museum is dedicated to preserving human history by examining the oral histories, e-histories, and photos of the participants of the seminal event of this century - World War II. The Pacific chapter includes several outstanding accounts and photo collections (like the one from Negros Island) of the veterans who took part in the airborne operations in New Guinea, the Philippines, Burma and Noemfoor. Especially the Noemfoor chapter is worth of your visit as it contains several excellent personal testimonials of the veterans and photographs of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment during this little-known campaign in Dutch New Guinea, July 1944.
The National Archives of Singapore: The Battle for Malaya and Singapore
When the Japanese troops landed on Kota Bharu on 8th December 1941, they took only another 55 days to over run the entire Peninsula Malaya by 31st January 1942. There they crossed the Johoru Strait on 7th February 1942 to capture Fortress Singapore. A well-prepared online exhibition by the National Archives of Singapore with photographs, oral history, documents, a map and even some audio visual clips! There is also a special section dedicated entirely to the Japanese sponsored Indian National Army in Singapore with even some rare photographs!
57 Years Ago: The B-29s in War Against Japan 1944-1945
The basic chronology and general information on these pages is a composite of entries excerpted from "Air War Pacific Chronology: America's Air War Against Japan in East Asia and the Pacific 1941-1945" by Eric Hammel and "USAAF Chronology: Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces" by Jack McKillop. Also some entries of former B-29 crewmen.
Study of Artillery and Armor Plate
I have found this website as a pleasant surprise, although it is in Japanese only. It is entirely dedicated to the Japanese artillery, armour and fortresses in the armed conflicts. There are plenty of photographs (be sure to check those of impressive underground artillery tunnels on Chichi Jima) and on this address (*) you may even find a live recording of Corregidor Island bombardment by the IJA artillery units!!! (*) To help you a bit to break through the Japanese, here is a direct link to the site with audio files: http://sus3041.web.infoseek.co.jp/contents/artillery/warhis_korehi.htm
Air War over French Indochina
The air war over French Indochina represents a very unique and interesting period of modern history. It was a war fought with obsolete weapons, against an enemy without a single aircraft, a situation virtually unique in modern times. At the same time it was a war that paralleled the long struggle that was to follow in many respects. This page is intended as a resource for both modellers and aircraft enthusiasts interested in the air war over French Indochina. This is not a forum for political discussion, nor does my choice of subject matter in any way reflect an endorsement of the politics behind the war. So if you're curious about this relatively little known war, or if you're an expert looking to share your expertise, read on.
No Surrender! Japanese Holdouts after World War II
World War II did not neatly end with Japan's surrender on September 2, 1945. At its height the Japanese Empire was more than 20 million square miles of land and sea. Soldiers in isolated regions fought on for years after the surrender some unaware the war had ended, other refusing to believe. Some hide in the jungles alone, others fought in groups and continued to make attacks and conduct guerilla warfare. These men were called Japanese Holdouts, or Stragglers and their stories are some of the most fascinating human interest stories of the 20th Century.
World War II Glider Pilots Home Page
This excellent home page was done as a tribute to the American combat glider pilots of World War II. You can fin here all information that you are looking for about glider pilots, glider infantry, types of aircraft, designs and the operations. The articles about Burma and the Philippines are currently I am afraid still under construction, but are all hoping for the best.
Japanese propaganda postcards of World War II
A nice home page with some rare images of Japanese propaganda postcards of World War II.
La résistance contre la Japon en Indochine 1940-1945
Today it is little known that during the war the cells of French resistance movement were spread across the French Indochina as well. This article of the home page about French Resistance in WW2 is dedicated to them. Unofrtunately there is not much information in this article but there are some great and rare photos and what I have found out more importantly a great map. By the way: The website is in French only.
Japanese World War II Military Glossary
A Japanese-English home page detailing the organization and history of Japanese Imperial Armed Forces in World War II. Very handy page if you are studying Japanese military unit structure, their strength and training.
World War II Vehicles and Advanced Squad Leader
You'll be able to find information on World War II vehicles, their history (with some photos), and their specifications. Also you can find tables for a wargame that I play called Advanced Squad Leader (ASL).
Chindits Special Force Burma 1943-1944
One of the first websites I have seen so far that is entirely dedicated to the British Chindits Force in Burma during 1943-1944. A very promising site if the webmaster will decide to update it regularly with some new material.
Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial in Canberra ranks among the world's great national monuments. Established after World War I as a place in Australia where families and friends could grieve for those buried in places far away and difficult to visit - a place that would also contribute to the understanding of war itself. Today AWM contains one of (if not) the largest and best organized military research facility and museum in the world. Oh, if only we in Slovenia would have something similar ...
Tarawa on the Web
The Home Page about the Assault of the Second Marine Division on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, 20-23 November, 1943. It is composed of anumber of articles and links devoted to several aspects of this campaign. It also includes detailed order of battles for both sides, bibliography and the Tarawa Talk Forum.
AboutWW2.com: WWII Pictures of the Pacific
These WWII pictures are from the personal scrapbooks of Lt.Col. O. Howard ("Dave") Davidsmeyer, officer in charge of communications on General MacArthur's staff. Additional documents are from the collection of his son, O. Howard Davidsmeyer, Jr., who as an Ensign in the US Navy was a carrier pilot who flew Tomcats and Hellcats. These World War II pictures are from the SWPA (Southwest Pacific Area). These pages also provide WW2 airplane and military pictures along with information about the Army Signal Corps and Navy aviators.
BB-63 Battleship Missouri Memorial
The USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. (MMA) was formed in 1994 and is a private Hawaii-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. We are the caretaker of the historic Battleship Ex-USS Missouri and operate her as a living memorial. USS Missouri Memorial's mission is to create and maintain a fitting memorial to the people and historic events reflecting our nation's legacy of duty, honor, strength, resolve and sacrifice.
Okinawa: The American Years 1945-1972
I have found this home page quite interesting, so I have decided to include it on this list as well. It speaks about a little known chapter of history of the Pacific, namely about the American occupation and administration of Okinawa which lasted all until 1972 when the islands were again given back to Tokyo. I am afraid there is not much text info here, but nonetheless it is worth of your visit, if nothing else just to update your knowledge.
The New Guinea Volunteer Rifles 1941-1942
This ia an extraordinary home page! It is about the History of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles in World War II, the only Australian Unit to be formed and disbanded in the Territory of New Guinea and the only Australian Unit to never set foot on the Australian Mainland. The author has also compiled a Nominal Roll of Servicemen who served with the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles and ANGAU in the Australian Army. On top of it there is also a second volume that includes New Guinea Native Servicemen who served and the Civilians who died on the Montevideo Maru or who were killed in Allied Air-raids over Rabaul in 1944. There are also published excerpts from the War Diary of New Guinea Volunteer Rifles about the actions at Salamua and Lae in 1942 and a short history of this fascinating unit. Wow!
Historical Documents from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
For all Dutch East Indies reseachers this is a MUST site! The - Historical documents database, a searchable electronic database of thousands of pages of key historical documents (also published as Documents on Australian Foreign Policy). The Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has put online a large number of their documents related to the history of the Netherlands East Indies 1940-1945 and Indonesia 1945-1948. I am still battling my way through the numerous papers.
A Brief History of the Australian Cruiser HMAS PERTH
A site dedicated to the service and men of the Perth from its commissioning as HMS Amphion, transfer to the RAN as HMAS Perth, actions of 1939 to 1942. It has many ship pictures. Also includes information about its opponents.
A Resource Site for the Canadian Armour Enthusiast.
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