Researching Women in WWII

Learn about the resources available to trace women’s service across all military branches. Some of the links provided here will be WWII specific.

Articles

The Forgotten Horror of Ravensbrück, The Nazi Concentration Camp for Women

General Resources

Legends of the Flight Nurses of WWII

Minerva Center

National Archives – National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis (Personnel Records, Morning Reports, Payroll Records, Army Air Corps IDPFs and more)

National Archives – Women’s Research Guide

National Women’s History Museum

National World War II Museum – Women at War

Remember the Women Institute

Rutgers Oral History Archive

Sarah Lawrence College Archives: A War Scrapbook

Smithsonian Life on the Home Front – browse this educational section for other lessons that feature women

What Did Grandma Do in the War?

Women Come To the Front

Women in Military Service For America Memorial

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Researching the OSS in WWII

There are many ways to locate information on OSS members during World War II. Start by requesting their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. Then look for other personnel files at the National Archives in College Park, MD. Search for OSS specific mission reports and other materials at the archives. If the OSS member was Killed In Action or still considered Missing In Action, request their Individual Deceased Personnel File. Investigate online and offline resources. The suggestions and links presented here will get you started on your research. There are many more resources available.

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U.S. Resources

CIA - The OSS and the London "Free Germans"

History of WWII Infiltrations into France

This PDF has a huge list of websites, books, and a table of information. Not to be overlooked as a resource!

Office of Strategic Services Society

U.S. National Archives OSS...

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Can We Stop the Stigma of History?

 

The weekend of 14-16 September 2018 I was in Son, Netherlands for the Operation Market Garden (OMG) commemorations and living history for the 101st Airborne. Coming up this weekend in Arnhem, they will be commemorating the British aspect of OMG. As I was in the Airborne re-enactment camp, I spoke to many Dutch people about the stigma of war that still exists in society and families today. I spoke to many about the past, the choices that were made, and how we heal in the present and move forward.

My point of view is, the past is not all black and white or right or wrong or good or bad. It just isn’t one or the other. We live in a completely different time, our way of life is completely different than those who lived through WWII (or any other time period for that matter.) It is not ours to judge the past but to observe, research, understand, see the choices that were made in circumstances we cannot imagine. We were not there so who are we to judge?

What would it take for the...

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Finding Your Soldier's Story Program in the Netherlands

Date: 13 January 2018

Time: 13:00

Location: Delware Company BV, Wilgehout 13 3371 KE Hardinxveld-Giessendam Netherlands

This program will be conducted in English.

Program Description:

Have you adopted a grave at an ABMC cemetery? Are you unsure how to locate more information about your soldier?

Are you researching a bomb crew and unsure where to find the crew’s records?

Did you locate dog tags or another item from a soldier and want to know more about his service?

Then this program is for you!

Many questions surround the service history of Americans who served in Europe during World War II. The answers will be given during this program.

Where do I start with my research?
What are the steps I need to take if I have some information?
What records are available and how can they be accessed?
How can I connect with a soldier’s family?

While this program is free, you must register for this program so we know how many to prepare for. Prior to the program you will be sent an email...

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Visiting the Land of my Ancestors – Part 2 (Prague)

This is day 2 of Visiting the Land of my Ancestors. Part 1 can be read here.

Our first full day on honeymoon in Prague. Yesterday we traveled and had an amazing time walking through part of the city. Today we were tired so chose to sleep as late as possible, without missing breakfast at the hotel, and do as little as possible and more thoroughly enjoy what we chose to see and do.

After breakfast the first target of the day was to find me some kolacky. My grandma used to bake them. While I could drive 30 minutes to a Czech bakery in Chicago to get some, I never do. They take a while to make so I don’t bake them either. Kolacky isn’t something you find in most restaurants in Prague. We asked at the hotel front desk where I could get some and the market down the street was suggested. Kolacky, we were told, was more of a rural tradition on special days. Not something you find on most menus. Apple Streudel – not that is on practically every menu. Sadly on Saturday there...

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