World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945

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WW2 Discharge Papers Codes

On the World War 2-era WD AGO Form 53-55, which was the four-page honorable discharge form, there is a code or reference in Box 32 (Battles and Campaigns) which on my father-in-law's form says ...
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Tracing Latvian Legion service records/internment/dp records?

Does anybody know where I would start in tracing my fathers war record/history timeline during his time conscripted into the Latvian Legion? He was born in 1926 in Riga. I have used the usual search ...
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How to reach out to strangers that could be relatives from an illegitimate birth?

I am trying to determine the best approach to reach out to a group of people that may be related to my immediate family but these people could be surprised by the news. After my grandparent's death, ...
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Information on a photo of a German soldier boy who served during the 2nd world war

I have a photo of a German youth soldier who was captured by American forces somewhere in the Ruhr area in March 1945. Can you kindly give me some details as to who the young German soldier boy is? ...
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Finding the burial place of British service members killed in WW2

I am trying to find out where my granddad is buried. He was a Corporal with the Lancashire Fusiliers serving in the second World War.
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Finding service history of ancestor in Abwehr during World War 2?

I have evidence that my ancestor worked under a pseudonym in the Abwehr. He joined the allied forces in April 45 in Italy. I have his British war record, but not his German one. I have asked ...
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Finding World War 2 Royal Naval Reserve Record of Edgar Graham?

My late Paternal Grand-dad, was Edgar Graham, b.1880, Manchester, Lancs. He served in WW1 as an Assistant Engine Room Artificer; reaching Chief E.R.A. towards the end of The War. I have his full ...
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Discovering descendants of 19th Century German immigrant to Australia who served in World War 2?

My ancestor Phillip Post came to Australia from Eltville near Frankfurt in about 1860. He had a son Conrad from whom I know I descend. How would I discover the descendants of Phillip Post who ...
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Where to find Land Girl Sources?

I have recently discovered through a relative that my late aunt was a Land Girl in Lincolnshire during WW2, a member of the Women's Land Army. Although there is a lot of good information about the ...
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How to find information about a Dachau Internee?

I am posting here as I have no idea where to begin. And information that I have is limited and Im hoping that somebody can point me in the right direction. My Great Uncle was a political prisoner ...
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How can I find information about an Allied WWII Prisoner of War in Germany?

I'm looking for information about an American POW (Prisoner of War) at Stalag Luft 1 in Germany during World War II. What free records of pilots/POWS, etc. are available online?
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How to find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II?

Does anyone know where I can find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? I'd be curious to find out about my ancestors' role in the wars, i.e. what rank they had, where ...
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How to find out what British Navy ship someone served on during World War 2?

I am trying to find out what ship my father served on during WW2 , as when he was alive he never spoke about the war. I believe he left the Navy as a Petty Officer and served in and around Burma. I do ...
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WWII Royal Fleet Auxiliary Records

Are there any records for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary? Albert George Adcock was in the RFA at Chatham about 1934 he was posted to Hong Kong and was captain of the Navy tug "Enticer". He was drowned at ...
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Glaziers in World War II

Does anyone out there have any information on glaziers rescuing medieval stained glass in World War II? My grandfather William Manning was in this reserved occupation and I am trying to find out if ...
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How do I find if my father was in the Royal Navy or Merchant Navy in World War 2?

How do I find my fathers records in World War 2? I know he was in the arctic convoys but that is about all.
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WW2 Royal Navy Patrol service records mystery

I have a copy of my Great Uncle's sevice record and I'm really stuck on finding out one of the base/ship he is listed as serving with. He sadly died due to illness while on active service in 1943 and ...
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When WWII Army enlistment records list “Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA”, what does that mean?

On Ancestry.com [library edition] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 there is a record where the Branch and Branch Code is listed as "Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA". What ...
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WW2 Royal Navy Records

Are there likely to be records to access for more information for my father (deceased in 1993)? He served aboard a number of ships (land sites) from 1943-46. I have his certificate of service which ...
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US Military inquiry came back needing details; how do I get them?

From a very helpful question (or rather, one of its answers) I filled out and mailed an SF-180 requesting military information for an individual. I received word back from NARA last week that the ...
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Tracing records of Royal Navy personnel from ww2

My grandmothers brother was in the royal navy during WW2 and was killed. I know very little about him other than his name and I think I have the year he was born. By searching his name - William ...
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What were the UK reserved occupations during World War 2? Did they change during the course of the war?

Men in certain essential occupations were exempt from military service in World War 2. Which occupations were reserved? Is there an accesible list or reference book I could refer to? Did the list ...
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Where can I find Jewish Historical Information Pre WWII in Europe?

I am looking for a site/records for information on Jewish History in Europe of pre WWII era. Mainly of birth and marriage records from Poland.