Major Wars of the 20th Century

World War I

American Experience: The Great War
Companion to the PBS series, The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, with snippets and articles.
Archaeology of the Great War
Interactive multimedia website highlighting the fighting along the front, especially in the Argonne region of France.
BBC: History: World War One
The causes, events and people of the conflict dubbed the ‘war to end all wars’.
Britannica: World War I
World War I was one of the great watersheds of 20th-century geopolitical history. This article discusses the causes, history, and results of the First World War.
The Doughboy Center
Stories and materials pertaining to American soldiers in the First World War.
Eyewitness to History: World War I
History through the eyes of those who lived it.
First World War Poetry Digital Archive
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research.
The Great War (video)
The Great War covers the events of 100 years ago, after the armistices of 1918. In detailed videos we explore these events, their causes and their consequences. If you want details, this channel not only has summary information, but also has one video for each week of the war in its archives. World War I
History of the war, describing the background, the progression, the battles, the outcome, and the legacy of the ‘Great War’.
History on the Net: World War One
A collection of articles related to World War One.
Interactive WW I Timeline
From the National WW I Museum and Memorial, a timeline with associated information and video clips.
Library of Congress: World War I: A Resource Guide
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material related to World War I, including photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and sound recordings. This guide compiles links to World War I resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site.
Spartacus Educational: First World War History
PDFs, articles, and links. (Note: site has ads.)
The Story of the WWI Christmas Truce
It has become a great legend of World War I. But what really happened when British and German troops emerged from their trenches that Christmas Day?
World War I Document Archive
This archive of primary documents from World War I has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). The archive is international in focus and intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War.
World War I in Photos
This article collects photographs of the Great War from dozens of collections, some digitized for the first time, to try to tell the story of the conflict, those caught up in it, and how much it affected the world.

World War II

Avalon Project: World War II Documents
Charters, declarations, speeches, agreements, and other records of WW II.
BBC History: World War II
The causes, events, and people of the most destructive war in history. (Archived page.)
Bomb Sight – Mapping the Blitz
The Bomb Sight project is mapping the London WW2 bomb census between 7/10/1940 and 06/06/1941. … [Users] will be able to explore where the bombs fell and to discover memories and photographs from the period. For another view, check out The meticulously hand-coloured bomb damage maps of London – in pictures.
A Brief History of the U.S. Army in World War II
An online publication from the U.S. Army Center of Military History. Further information can be found through their general World War II page.
Britannica: World War II
A multi-part article discussing the history of the war, from Encyclopedia Britannica.
Command Decisions
Free online book about military commanders of WW II from the Army’s Center of Military History.
D-Day, Normandy and Beyond
Eyewitness memories of World War II.
eHistory: World War II
Articles, images, maps, ebooks, videos, and further materials relating to the Second World War. World War II
Articles, images, and video about World War II from the History Channel. Check the World War II History page for a summary of the miliary progress of the war.
HyperWar: A HyperText History of the Second World War
Despite the title, this is not a single hypertext book but rather a set of links to other online sources.
Japanese American Internment
The National Archives has extensive holdings including photos, videos, and records that chronicle the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Many are online in the National Archives Catalog, including thousands of photographs.
Japanese-American Internment
Succumbing to bad advice and popular opinion, President Roosevelt signed an executive order in February 1942 ordering the relocation of all Americans of Japanese ancestry to concentration camps in the interior of the United States.
Library of Congress: World War II Military Situation Maps
From the Library of Congress, the World War II Military Situation Maps contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945.
National Archives: Military Records: World War II Records
Statistics, records, and guides to finding further information from the U.S. National Archives.
National World War II Museum
Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, The National WWII Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories…
Naval History and Heritage Command: World War II
Within this section you will be able to view photographs, art, artifacts, archival material and publications covering all aspects of the Navy’s experiences during the war.
New York Times: Topic: World War II
News about World War II (1939-45), including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
Pearl Harbor
The Atlantic: World War II: Pearl Harbor (photos) Pearl Harbor
Naval History: Pearl Harbor Attack
Rutgers Oral History Archives
An enterprise to record the personal experiences of: Rutgers University alumni and/or New Jersey residents who served on the home front and overseas during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War among other topics.
Timeline of World War II From 1939 to 1945
World War II (WWII) was a long and bloody war that lasted about six years. Officially beginning on September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, World War II lasted until both the Germans and the Japanese had surrendered to the Allies in 1945. Here is a timeline of major events during the war.
World War II Database
Extensive sets of links to WW II sites, organized by topic.
World War II Multimedia Database
History, pictures, and audio files of World War II.

World War II: The Holocaust

The Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House and Museum offers information about the life of Anne Frank and about prejudice and antisemitism. It features a special section about the Secret Annex where Anne and her family hid and about their lives there.
Memorial and museum at the infamous former concentration camp.
Finding Dulcinea: Holocaust Resources
Timeline, biographies, articles, and book suggestions. The Holocaust
An historical examination of the Holocaust, with links to related topics.
History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust
History Unfolded is a project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. It asks students, teachers, and history buffs throughout the United States what was possible for Americans to have known about the Holocaust as it was happening and how Americans responded.
Holocaust Chronicle
Complete online edition of extensive book on the Holocaust with 800 pages and more than 1,800 images.
Holocaust Encyclopedia
From the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Holocaust Studies
Overview, issues, resources, headlines, and other information from a major Jewish website.
Jewish Virtual Library: The Holocaust Wing
Links to information about history, biographies, concentration camps, world reaction, and continuing aftermath of the Holocaust.
The Nizkor Project
This site is intended for educational purposes to teach about the Holocaust and to combat hatred. Includes primary source documents, analyses, and links. offers contributors (survivors, liberators, historians, and teachers) a place to connect and share the best research resources and stories through art, photography, painting, audio/video, and remembrance. Overview of the Holocaust During World War 2
Whether you are just beginning to learn about the Holocaust or you are looking for more in-depth stories about the subject, this page is for you. The beginner will find a glossary, a timeline, a list of the camps, a map, and much more.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
Voices of the Holocaust
From the British Library, Voices of the Holocaust consists of oral history testimonies gathered from Jewish men and women who came to live in Britain during or after WWII. These testimonies are personal, individual, true stories, that describe the hardships of life during Hitler’s reign.
Voices of the Holocaust
In 1946, Dr. David P. Boder, a psychology professor from Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology, traveled to Europe to record the stories of Holocaust survivors in their own words. Transcripts at IIT library.
Yad Vashem
Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter. There is also an associated YouTube Channel.
Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day
Links to sites relating to the Holocaust.

Korean War Korean War
A multi-part article discussing the history of the war, from the start though the armistice. Korean War
An overview of the Korean War from the History Channel.
History of the Korean War 1950 – 1953 Map (video)
A military history of the war via maps.
Korean War Documentary Site
Nicely organized site from a Korean War veteran. Includes pictures, weapons, statistics, timeline, and more.
Korean War Fast Facts
Quick info, statistics, and a timeline from CNN.
The Korean ‘War’ Explained (video)
There is a reason why its called the ‘Forgotten War’, because most people have no clue about the basics. Let HipHughes grease up your frontal cortex and then slide down the hill of learning going through the basic causes and fundamentals of the Korean War. (January 2013)
National Archives: Military Resources: Korean War
Links to documents and records relating to the Korean War.
New York Times: Korean War, a ‘Forgotten’ Conflict That Shaped the Modern World
An overview of the history of the War, with images and a video. (Also available through New York Times at Gale Research with your school login. Check with SCC librarian for password.)

Vietnam War

Britannica: Vietnam War
A multi-part article discussing the history of the war, from the start though the fall of South Vietnam. Topics: Vietnam War Vietnam War: Causes, Facts & Impact
Articles about the Vietnam War and American involvement.
The History Place: Vietnam War
United States in Vietnam 1945-1975 Comprehensive Timelines with Quotes and Analysis.
National Archives: Vietnam War
The National Archives has a wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in the Vietnam conflict. These include photographs, textual and electronic records, audiovisual recordings, exhibits, educational resources, articles, blog posts, lectures, and events. A Short Guide to the Vietnam War
Engaged in a war that many viewed as having no way to win, U.S. leaders lost the American public’s support for the war. Since the end of the war, the Vietnam War has become a benchmark for what not to do in all future U.S. foreign conflicts.
Vietnam Center and Archive
The mission of the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience; promoting a greater understanding of this experience and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Includes primary sources, oral history recordings, and materials for teachers.
Vietnam Passage: Journeys from War to Peace
Six personal accounts from Vietnamese of the war and its end.
The Wars for Vietnam: 1945-1975
This site, developed around the course materials for Robert Brigham’s senior seminar on the Viet Nam War at Vassar College, offers students an opportunity to examine some of those sources, including numerous official documents.
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