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                  33 visitors recommend:
                  Hitler's passport
                  Source: UK Public Record Office
                  Country: United Kingdom
                  The British Special Operations' forgery section produced fake documents to provide cover for operatives' clandestine activities. To show their prowess, and their senses of humor, the counterfeiters created this fake passport for Adolf Hitler. (It features a red "J" which was used to label Jews on German passports.)
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                  Political History

                  11 visitors recommend:
                  Churchill: The Evidence
                  Source: Churchill Archives Centre
                  Country: United Kingdom
                  A great collection of documents and text on a dozen Churchill topics, such as "the young radical" and "the tide of victory."
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                  Olympics

                  12 visitors recommend:
                  Berlin 1936: The Nazi Olympics
                  Source: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
                  An online exhibit about the role of sport in Nazi Germany, the debate around participating in (and thereby endorsing) the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the games themselves, the treatment of African-American and Jewish athletes, and the aftermath.
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                  War

                  15 visitors recommend:
                  World War II: The early years
                  Source: U.S. Army Center of Military History
                  Author: Compiled by CPT John F. Curley
                  Over two dozen high resolution photographs from New Guinea, Australia, North Africa, Iceland, the Sicily Invasion, and more.
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                  10 visitors recommend:
                  The Normandy Invasion: The story in pictures
                  Source: U.S. Army Center of Military History
                  More than two dozen high resolution photographs and scans of paintings. Highly recommended!
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                  8 visitors recommend:
                  Eisenhower's final order for D-Day
                  Source: NARA
                  Here is a detailed, readable scan of the hand-written order from General Eisenhower for the D-day invasion of France, June 5, 1944.
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                  8 visitors recommend:
                  Arthur Syzk: Artist for freedom
                  Source: Library of Congress
                  "Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) was one America's leading political artists during World War II, when he produced hundreds of anti-Axis illustrations and cartoons in aid of the Allied war effort."
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                  7 visitors recommend:
                  U.S. Army Art Collections
                  Source: U.S. Army Center of Military History
                  A large selection of individual online galleries with low-resolution images for browsing and high-resolution versions for when you want a closer look. Some of these collections are fantastic -- such as those of Richard H. Jansen and Ludwig Mactarian.
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                  5 visitors recommend:
                  African Americans in the U. S. Army -- early WWII
                  Source: U.S. Army Center of Military History
                  Sharp high resolution photographs.
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                  5 visitors recommend:
                  World War II: Preparing for battle
                  Source: U.S. Army Center of Military History
                  Author: Compiled by CPT John F. Curley
                  Sharp high resolution photographs.
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                  3 visitors recommend:
                  Japanese surrender document
                  Source: NARA
                  On September 2, 1945, on board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japanese representatives signed the official Instrument of Surrender. Here it is.
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                  3 visitors recommend:
                  Army nurses: World War II and Korean War images
                  Source: U.S. Army Center of Military History
                  Author: Miss Brandy Carter
                  Over a dozen high resolution photographs, paintings, and sketches.
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                  2 visitors recommend:
                  The Irish and the United States Army
                  Source: U.S. Army
                  Lots of great images from World War II, paintings, text on the Irish Brigade in the Civil War, and more.
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                  2 visitors recommend:
                  Photos from World War II Ireland
                  Source: U.S. Army Center of Military History
                  Sharp high resolution photographs.
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                  1 visitors recommend:
                  National World War II Memorial Home Page
                  Source: WWII memorial committee
                  City: Washington, State: DC
                  The long-awaited construction of the National WWII Memorial kicked off on Aug. 27, 2001. This site is not a true online complement to the memorial, but it does have a lot of information on the politics and process of the creation of the monument.
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                  1 visitors recommend:
                  Photos from 'Picturing the Century': A World in Flames
                  Source: National Archives
                  10 very high-quality images of World War II from an exhibition at the National Archives in Washington, DC, 1999-2001.
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                  Air Forces, Military Aviation

                  7 visitors recommend:
                  WWII Warbird Photos
                  Source: AviationHistory.info
                  A gallery of American WWII bomber, fighter, and transport plane photos -- to browse and enjoy, or to use as free clip art.
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                  1 visitors recommend:
                  Pilot Ball Caps - WWII flying pictures page
                  Source: Captain Mike
                  "Here are my aviation pictures spanning a 20+ year career in the Air Force and civilian aviation. There are military flying pictures as well as my Dad's pictures from WWII."
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                  Army, Infantry Battles

                  7 visitors recommend:
                  An Army At Dawn: Companion Web site
                  Source: Henry Holt and Company
                  Author: Rick Atkinson
                  Companion website to the wonderful book "An Army at Dawn" by Rick Atkinson. Interactive maps detailing Operation TORCH, the WWII Allied invasion of North Africa.
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                  5 visitors recommend:
                  Robert's Armory: Armored vehicles and artillery
                  Source: Charles C. Roberts, Jr
                  City: Big Rock, State: IL
                  Includes detailed information on their collection, including an M22 "Locust" light tank designed for airborne operations, an M16 Half-Track, a 75mm Pack Howitzer, a military bicycle, and much more.
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                  Navy, Sea Battles

                  8 visitors recommend:
                  U-505 Submarine Exhibit
                  Source: Museum of Science and Industry
                  City: Chicago, State: IL
                  The U-505 is a German World War II Type- IXc Unterseeboot (submarine) that was captured in battle on the high seas by boarding parties from the USS Guadalcanal task group 22.3 on 4 June 1944.
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                  4 visitors recommend:
                  Animated Pacific War Battles
                  Source: James Cagney
                  E-mail: jcagney@cisco.com
                  Animations of Pacific war battles.
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                  Civilian Life

                  9 visitors recommend:
                  Civvy Street in WWII: A true story of civilian life in wartime Bristol
                  Source: Tom Fletcher
                  City: Bristol, Country: United Kingdom
                  Personal recollections of Luftwaffe bombing raids and their aftermath from someone who was 11 years old when they started. Click on photos for some terrific high resolution versions.
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                  3 visitors recommend:
                  Photos and documents related to Japanese relocation during World War II
                  Source: National Archives
                  A collection of very high-quality images related to the Japanese internment. These are offered as an aide for teachers, but are fascinating for anyone with an interest in the subject.
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                  Politics of War

                  6 visitors recommend:
                  The Commissar Vanishes: Falsification of photos in Stalin's Russia
                  Source: Newseum
                  Country: Belgium
                  Stalin's agents routinely arrested and killed "enemies of the people." Communist Party workers then tried to remove any trace of these people from the photographic archives and the media. A fascinating virtual exhibit.
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                  3 visitors recommend:
                  The Marshall Plan
                  Source: NARA
                  A readable scan of "The Economic Cooperation Act of 1948," aka The Marshall Plan -- the proposed rebuilding of the war-torn continent.
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