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Arnhem

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1939 Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery 1945 - Various photographs around the Cemetery.

The Airborne March - Official website of the Airborne March.

Airborne Museum Hartenstein - The home page of the Airborne Museum at the Hartenstein Hotel, outside of Oosterbeek.

The Arnhem 1944 Fellowship

The Arnhem Fighter Control Story - A report on the RAF Light Warning Units at Arnhem.

The Bridges To Arnhem - A Facebook group for veterans, relatives and researchers.

Colonel David Jebbitt - Run by the son of the Arnhem veteran, then a Private and medical orderly. Contains a number of documents.

- The Battle from the German perspective.

www.groesbeek.net - Includes a 360° panorama picture of the Canadian War Cemetry in Groesbeek.

Missing Soldiers in the Netherlands 1939-1945

The National WWII Museum, New Orleans - Excellent photos of US Airborne troops during Operation Market Garden.

- Andries Hoekstra's long standing and award winning website about Market Garden. Includes a veterans memories section, and lists of all the Allied Market Garden 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.

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

Slawomir Kwiatkowski - A Polish veteran of Arnhem, written in Polish but including some English translations.

Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum Oosterbeek

 

 

Normandy

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Airborne History Canada

The Atlantic Wall in France 1940-1944 - German coastal defences in France.

www.atlantikwall.co.uk - Includes maps and photographs of areas of the Atlantic Wall, also RAF bases in England.

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.

David Winser: Poet, Oarsman, Novelist, Soldier - The Medical Officer of No.48 (Royal Marine) Commando, killed at Walcheren in November 1944.

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 D-Day Tribute: Leslie Holmes 1914 - 1944 - A page dedicated to the memory of a member of No.45 (Royal Marine) Commando.

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

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.

No.6 Commando - Listing the members of the Commando from 1940 to 1945.

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

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.

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

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

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.

 

 

Sicily

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Impavidus - An Italian archive of the Sicily Invasion. 

Lamba Doria - Contains many photographs of the Sicily Invasion.

 

 

Southern France

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1st Airborne Task Force - The Forgotten Paratroopers - French language website including a description of Operation Rugby.

517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team 1943-1945 - A very detailed website about the history of the 517th. 

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.

 

 

General Airborne sites

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3rd Bn Parachute Regiment - Palestine 1945-1948 - Contains hundreds of photographs of the Battalion's service in Palestine.

196 Squadron - History and photographs of the Squadron.

224 Airborne Medical Company

The Assault Glider Project - Sister site of the above. Builders of life sized replica gliders.

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

The Glider Pilot Regiment 1942 - 1945 - A history of the Regiment during the war.

Imperial War Museum : Audio Interviews - Recorded interviews with hundreds of members of the British Airborne Forces.

Para Data - The archive of the British Airborne Forces.

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.

RAF WWII 38 Group Squadrons Reunited - Includes Roll of Honour, Squadron histories, veterans stories, and a message board for veterans.

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

Special Forces Roll Of Honour - A Roll of Honour website.

World War II Unit Histories and Officers - Lists and service details of all officers of the 1st Airborne Division.

 

 

General World War 2

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Aircrew Remembered

Center for Research, Allied POWs under Japan - Excellent site about Japanese camps. Includes a huge list of camps, veterans memories, and links to camp-specific sites on the web.

Chindit Chasing, Operation Longcloth 1943

- A blog, compiled by James Daly, grandson of Henry Miller of the 11th Parachute Battalion, detailing military history items in the news.

Ecos da Segunda Guerra - Brazilian website about the Second World War.

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

Mark Felton Productions - Superb documentaries from the author and historian.

Poland in Exile - The Polish contribution to the Second World War.

Royal Artillery Units Netherlands 1944-1945

- Militaria forum - Dutch language

Wartime Press

- Polish language website.

World War 2 Photofinder

 

 

Museums / 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.

Defence Postal & Courier Services Veterans' Association

Merville Battery Association

The Museum of Army Flying - Based in Hampshire. Contains a collection of gliders.

Rats of Tobruk Tribute

Wings of Liberation - Concerned with the liberation of Southern Holland, as a result of Market Garden.

 

 

Parachute Regimental Associations

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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.

9th SS Hohenstaufen Reenactment Society

89th (Parachute) / 317th (Airborne) Field Security Sections

Airborne Battle Wheels Oosterbeek - Honours the Battle of Arnhem veterans by maintaining their vehicles in a historically correct and driving state. 

British and American Reenactment - Dutch re-enactors, mostly portraying the 2nd South Staffords.

No.2 Platoon, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Summer of 44 Living History Group - 21st Independent Company and 1st Airlanding Light Regiment RA specialists.

 

 

Equipment

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The Enigma Machine - Links to numerous detailed websites.

The Military Wireless Museum - Contains details of a large variety of radio sets, including types used at Arnhem.

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, used in various roles at Arnhem.

The Wireless Set No.19 Homepage - A large site about the military and civilian service of the Type 19 radio set.

WWII Aircraft - An article with links to detailed information on Second World War aircraft.

 

 

Other sites

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

British Modern Military History Society

- Battlefield tours of Monte Cassino, Anzio and Salerno

D-Day Normandy Tours

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.

In The Footsteps, Battlefield Tours

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

Military History Encyclopedia on the Web - Covers all theatres and periods of military history. Includes biographies and equipment.

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.