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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Why Military Research Is Not Free

I've spent more than 20 years in the genealogy and military research communities and have observed many shifts in the way we research our family's histories. Often the shifts have come in the way records have become accessible. Primarily through online subscription websites. There are many researchers who believe those records should be free and you can do it all yourself without ever hiring a professional researcher. This is not always possible.

For the last five plus years, the accessibility of World War I, World War II, and Korean War records has changed significantly, especially when we talk about the Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) or service files. No longer do you have to be the next-of-kin to receive these records if the soldier died or was discharged by today's date 62 years ago. However, in cases of researching the Army or Army Air Corps/Army Air Forces or Air Force, just sending in Form 180 will not get you all the answers, especially if the service file burned....

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Resources for WWII Travel in Europe

There are many stories of war for both World War I and World War II in Europe. We can help you Find the Answers and help you prepare to walk in the footsteps of your service member.

Explore our Quick Guides for Research & Travel

Explore our new General Quick Guides to jump start your research or plan your trip to Europe. They are available in Kindle and Paperback. Branch Specific Quick Guides.

Trip Planning

Fodor’s Travel

Liberation Route WWII Europe

Rick Steves’ Europe I have used Rick’s books to help plan my European adventures and have found them very helpful.

ViaMichelin Maps and Travel Planning

Books

  • Cavanaugh, William C.C. A Tour of the Bulge Battlefield. England: Pen and Sword, 2001.
  • Holt, Tonie and Valmai. Major and Mrs. Holt’s Battlefield Guide to Operation Market Garden. England: Pen and Sword, 2012.
  • Steves, Rick. Europe Through the Back Door 2015. Berkeley: Avalon Travel, 2014.
  • Thompson, Chuck. The 25 Essential World War II Sites: European...
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