WWII Research

I just finished drafting an outline for a Gwen-WWII story, which deals with men working on the home front, and women as Wrens, and military scientists, and I was starting to get bogged down with all the research it was going to take to adequately portray all these different aspects of the war. I got to cheat a bit with Meg by having her removed from much of the immediacy of the war, but I find that Gwen is a bit more insistent about being involved.

Don't get me wrong, I adore research, but the amount of work it takes to even find the right books, or the right websites, sometimes gets to be too much.  By the time I've weeded through all the lousy information out there, I'm exhausted, and usually have a child or two (or a husband) clamoring for attention.

So, I thought, Why not pool our resources? Do you ladies have any websites or books in particular that have really helped you in your WWII-era research? If so, I'd love to hear what they are!
4 Responses
  1. Adrienne Says:

    I'll have to look at my bookmarks at home.


  2. I love this site: http://www.wyattheritage.com/homefront/main.asp

    Also the WWII timelines help a lot: http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/ww2time.htm, http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/pacificwar/timeline.htm

    Here's a list of Canadian Army regiments that served in WWII: You can Wiki each regiment on its own. http://army.ca/info/wwiiregts.php

    A few other useful links:

    http://www.canadianencyclopedia.ca/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008456

    http://www.lermuseum.org/ler/mh/wwii/homefront1939-40.html

    http://www.airmuseum.ca/postscan.html

    Hope this helps!


  3. Elouise82 Says:

    Thank you!

    I love the historyplace timeline; I found it so helpful in Meg's stories, and I know I'll be using it again with Gwen. The other websites were all new to me, so that's terrific!


  4. Elouise82 Says:

    I'm finding all sorts of fascinating stories and information here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/ Lots of terrific stories re. the WRNS!