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6th Airborne Division, Commandos, 1st Belgian Brigade, Princess Irene Brigade, Normandy, British Airborne, Arnhem, SS/Wehrmacht, General World War 2, Museums, Parachute Regimental Association, Living History Groups, Organisations, Battlefield Tours, People, Equipment, Other Sites

 

6th Airborne Division

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Airborne History Canada

 

Aircrew Remembered

Glider Pilot Regiment fatalities database

 

Liberation de Honfleur

French site (translate with www.google.com). Contains information on the 6th Airborne Division, 1st Belgian Brigade, and the 60th Anniversary in 2004.

 

The Merville Battery

A detailed account of the assault upon the Battery.

 

Parachute Regiment War Dead, Buried in France

Contains names and basic details of all members of the Airborne Forces buried in France. Includes photographs of most headstones.

 

 

Commandos

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British Commandos

Brief descriptions of Commando raids and Special Operations, including the Parachute Regiment's Bruneval and Tragino Aqueduct Raids.

 

No.6 Commando

Listing the members of the Commando from 1940 to 1945.

 

 

1st Belgian Brigade

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Brigade Piron

An excellent site on the Belgian Brigade. Includes a history of the Brigade, a detailed Order of Battle, veterans accounts, gallantry awards and photographs.

 

 

Princess Irene Brigade

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Princess Irene Brigade

Dutch language site with some English translations. Contains a detailed history of the Brigade.

 

 

Normandy

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www.atlantikwall.co.uk

Includes maps and photographs of areas of the Atlantic Wall, also RAF bases in England.

 

The Atlantic Wall in France 1940-1944

German coastal defences in France.

 

D-Day: Etat des Lieux

A French website. Includes a description of D-Day and photographs of the Merville Battery and Pegasus Bridge.

 

D-Day, Normandy and Beyond

Contains many veterans accounts.

 

A database of information and photographs of all servicemen killed in Normandy.

 

Outline of Operation Overlord

US Army website. Outlines Operation Overlord and discusses the challenges it posed.

 

Photos Normandie

Hundreds of excellent photos of the Normandy campaign.

 

The SNAFU Special

The extraordinary history of Dakota 19539, 440th US Troop Carrier Group, now on display at the Merville Battery.

 

True Loyals

The story of the 92nd (Loyals) LAA Regiment, RA, a troop from which defended the Ranville and Bénouville Bridges.

 

 

British Airborne

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Para Data

The archive of the British Airborne Forces.

 

196 Squadron

History and photographs of the Squadron.

 

3rd Bn Parachute Regiment - Palestine 1945-1948

Contains hundreds of photographs of the Battalion's service in Palestine.

 

The Assault Glider Project

Sister site of the above. Builders of life sized replica gliders.

 

The Glider Pilot Regiment 1942 - 1945

A history of the Regiment during the war.

 

RAF WWII 38 Group Squadrons Reunited

Includes Roll of Honour, Squadron histories, veterans stories, and a message board for veterans.

 

Special Forces Roll Of Honour

A Roll of Honour site.

 

 

Arnhem

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Marketgarden.com

Andries Hoekstra's long standing and award winning website about Market Garden. Includes a veteran's memories section, and lists of all the 1st Airborne's dead.

 

Operation Market Garden - The Complete Story

An excellent site describing the whole of Market Garden. Contains very detailed accounts of noteworthy actions, a wealth of equipment information, and also its own discussion forum.

 

 

SS/Wehrmacht

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www.feldgrau.com

The German Armed Forces, 1919-1945. Excellent site. Includes detailed unit histories.

 

 

General World War 2

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Aircrew Remembered

 

Chindit Chasing, Operation Longcloth 1943

 

Ecos da Segunda Guerra

Brazilian website about the Second World War.

 

Military History Encyclopedia on the Web

Covers all theatres and periods of military history. Includes biographies and equipment.

 

Wartime Press

 

 

Museums

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Airborne Assault

The Museum of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces, at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

 

The Museum of Army Flying

Based in Hampshire. Contains a collection of gliders.

 

 

Parachute Regimental Association

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The Airborne Engineers Association

 

British Airborne Forces (N.Z.) Inc.

 

Leicester Branch of the Parachute Regimental Association

 

 

Living History Groups

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3rd Parachute Brigade

Excellent website about the Brigade. Includes detailed histories, veteran's memories, and a lot of information about airborne equipment.

 

89 / 317 Field Security Sections

 

No.2 Platoon, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

 

 

Organisations

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3rd Parachute Battalion Palestine 1945-1948

Reuniting men of the 3rd Battalion who served in Palestine.

 

43rd & 52nd Old Comrades

A mailing list for veterans of the 43rd and 52nd (1st and 2nd Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry).

 

Commando Veterans Association

Contains a great deal of information on Commando units.

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

Defence Postal & Courier Services Veterans' Association

 

Help For Heroes

Supporting wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Merville Battery Association

 

The Royal British Legion

 

 

Battlefield Tours

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Battle Honours

Battlefield tours of, amongst other places, Normandy, Pegasus Bridge, and Arnhem.

 

D-Day Normandy Tours

 

In the Footsteps, Battlefield Tours

 

Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books and Battlefield Maps

 

 

People

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A D-Day Tribute: Leslie Holmes 1914 - 1944

A page dedicated to the memory of a member of No.45 (Royal Marine) Commando.

 

David Winser: Poet, Oarsman, Novelist, Soldier

The Medical Officer of No.48 (Royal Marine) Commando, killed at Walcheren in November 1944.

 

Powditch Family History

Lt-Colonel R.V. Powditch, commander of the 6th Airborne Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

 

 

Equipment

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The Enigma Machine

Links to numerous detailed websites.

 

Signals Collection '40-'45

Details of Allied radio equipment throughout the war, including the airborne's Type 19, 22, and 68 sets.

 

The Stirling Project

Contains images and diagrams.

 

The Vickers Machine Gun

A great deal of information about the famous machine gun.


The Wireless Set No.19 Homepage

A large site about the military and civilian service of the Type 19 radio set.

 

 

Other Sites

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British Modern Military History Society

 

Dan's World War II Travels & Sites Of Interest

 

Extreme Flight Thrills: Parachuting and Sky Diving Links

Fascinating resource on modern parachuting methods.

 

Historic Newspapers

A immense record of historic newspapers and a blog describing key events.

 

Hitler's Third Reich and World War II in the News

Second World War articles.

 

Neil Barber

The author of numerous excellent airborne-themed books.

 

Nga Toa

Meaning "Many Warriors" in Maori. A project dedicated to preserving the oral histories of New Zealand’s last remaining World War II veterans.