World War II Today presents what happened on the day, seventy years ago. It focuses on individual incidents and experiences, rather than attempting a complete narrative history. So the history of the Second World War emerges with the progress of time. Wherever possible links are provided where a proper context can be found, either on another site or to a related book. I have not provided individual links to topics on the most obvious sites such as Wikipedia, or the BBC, where you can find a fuller historical context.
I have sought only to make ‘fair use’ of illustrative quotations from copyright material, never using more than a small part of the whole work and always linking to where the whole work may be obtained. My purpose is to bring the whole work to a wider audience. More extensive extracts have been used with prior permission.
All images used are believed to be in the public domain. Most British images are Crown Copyright expired, being created for the Crown before 1st June 1957. Images shown as from the Bundesarchiv are from the Commons:Bundesarchiv under a Creative Commons license. Other images are from the United States National Archive, taken by Federal employees. Any copyright holder who believes I have erred should contact me and I will swiftly rectify the situation.
Video material is hosted by YouTube, these can be viewed directly in YouTube by clicking in the bottom right hand corner of the frame. There are several people posting contemporaneous Newsreel from World War II – I am especially a fan of A Newsreel History of the Second World War, which you can visit if you want to jump ahead of the story.
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