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Questions tagged [world-war-2]

For questions about relatives involved in World War II (WWII or WW2), or family history events associated with this wartime period. WWII, also known as the Second World War, lasted from 1939 to 1945.

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What was the process for joining the military in Canada for WW2 and what are the different associated records?

If someone in Canada wanted to join in on World War 2 what was the process, requirements, and associated records for each step? For example, did they have to do informal training first or do an oath ...
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Locating heirs of killed german soldier [duplicate]

I have a friend that has the German Lugar, Helmet, and Bayonet from a German soldier that this American soldier had killed during WWII and would like to locate heirs to return these items to them. We ...
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Where to find World War 2 records for Canada?

I was told a family story and I would like to see if there are any records to verify the story. I was told that my grandfather began the military training for WW2 but just as he finished the military ...
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Looking for Franz Msyk Dispatch rider in the Second World War awarded the second and first class Iron cross [duplicate]

My dad was a dispatch rider in the second world war for Germany because of his job and the danger he was awarded the iron Cross first and second class he was captured by a resistance group and was ...
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Tracing German WW2 soldier's name with number 7001519

My great grandfather from South Africa took a knife and fork set from a German soldier during World War II in Italy. On the back of the knife with the swastika symbol there is a number ...7001519 ...
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Searching for Austrian WW2 Prisoner of War who was held in Worcestershire, England?

I am looking for information on a World War 2 prisoner of war from Austria name Peter Schmidt who was brought to my farm in England every day to work. I believe he went back to Austria and had a ...
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Finding war record of Karl Weber who was German WW2 POW based in England? [duplicate]

I'm looking for information on a German POW based taken to a camp in England during WW2. His name was Karl Weber I believe at some point he was based in Nuneaton. He could speak English and was the '...
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Possibility of tracing my great grandfather's wife's homeland

I have heard stories about my great grandfather's father who was a merchant and traded between India and the Islands nearby Indonesia. Once during some incident probably the World War all the travel ...
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What email address is used to ask about my Prussian grandfather who was captured by the Russians in Stettin, Pomerania in 1945?

What language should be used to contact the Russian organization. I know the 5 page answer will be in Russian. I do not know Russian but I could use Google Translate. I would like to know when and ...
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Identification of an old postcard

A question quite very similar to this one. I have an old postcard, probably around WW2 era, probably sent from Germany. Unfortunately this postcard is empty when it comes to handwriting or otherwise ...
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Searching for information about WWII German soldier? [duplicate]

I am searching for information about Siegfried Cornarius. Allegedly his father was in the same unit in WWI as Adolf Hitler. Cornarius served in North Africa with Field Marshall Rommel. Later he was ...
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Camp Des Chaumes, France WWII

My father was assigned to Camp Des Chaumes during WWII. I have a painting of the camp made by a prisoner, Johann Thomsen, dated 1946. I am trying to find out any information about the camp and about ...
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How to find German battle accounts

I’m wondering if someone can point me in the right direction. My uncle was shot down by a German night fighter, which was apparently confirmed by obtained German documents a year after. The documents ...
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WWII Draft Records for Washington State

My father was drafted into WWII in 1943-44. I have searched online resources extensively for his Draft Registration Card, coming up with nothing. (This surprises me as I have easily been able to find ...
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Searching for information on German held prisoner of war in England during WW2 [duplicate]

My husband has been searching for information on his father. Name: Gustav Hendrik Hamster b. 1907 in Estonia, d. 1987 in England. From family stories, he was in the German Navy and was captured. ...
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Family History Grandfather who served in 7th Panzer Division War Records [duplicate]

I am trying to locate my grandfather’s war records I have his service number his division & discharge papers. He was a POW in Algiers 1944. But I want more information about where he was posted ...
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Italian Navy personnel records 1904-1946

I would like to know how to get Italian Navy officers records ww1 to 1946, also officers who served aboard the R.N.Libia when captained by Ernesto Burzagli.
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Tracing surviving records of Friedrich Longerich from WW2? [duplicate]

Trying to trace any surviving relatives of Friedrich Longerich (born 02.06.1906) so that I can return a Service book with medical and training history. It was among my father's possessions when he ...
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Finding military records for Romanian pilots stationed in Jüterbog during WWII? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find military records about my uncle, Chis CONSTANTIN. As far as we know he was a Romanian pilot within Luftwaffe, who graduated from flight school in Medias, Romania, and from 1942 was ...
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Decoding trophy cards of german soldiers (WWII)

Could anyone help with decoding the handwriting on two german photo cards from WWII?
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Researching relative's WW II Italian military service?

I have an uncle who died during Italy's WW II incursion into Russia. I have no details of the military unit he was in. Is it possible to: establish the miltary unit my uncle served under? identify ...
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Identifying German soldier in WWII from single photo? [duplicate]

I found out that my grandfather was actually a German soldier in WWII who was in Austria in the year of 1945 but I only have a photograph and no other information. Is there any way I can search for ...
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Listing Protocol when there is birth name and other “also known as”?

I have been researching many (Australian) military/archival records and found a relatively small number of people who signed up for WWI and WWII did so in a name different to their birth name. For ...
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Finding Foreign Legion recruits from WW2?

I'd like to contact the Foreign Legion to find out about one of their recruits from WW2 - what is the best way to do it? I've already sent an email but there hasn't been a reply in weeks. Would they ...
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Finding US marine ancestor without knowing birthdate?

I am trying to track down my US grandad / his family but keep hitting brick walls without his date of birth. I am English but my mum was born in Germany in 1949 to a German National mum and a US ...
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Seeking records of German relative in French Camp de Gur during World War II?

I was wondering whether anyone knew if there were records of prisoners interred at Camp de Gur in France during World War II. I know my great-grandfather was interred in France after fighting in the ...
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Seeking photos from HMS Glendower & Royal Arthur?

My grandfather served in HMS Royal Arthur from 1939-1940 as an instructor, before he moved to HMS Glendower. He was a Petty Officer Gunner. Kelleher was his name, and he was an irishman by birth. ...
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Finding specific records of US WW2 veterans?

My grandfather enlisted in the US Army in 1942. How can I find more details about his service?
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Contacting family of Unteroffizier Wilhelm Braatz shot down in Battle of Britain?

Passed down to me is a service cap of a pilot of the Luftwaffe from WW2. During the battle of Britain in September 1940 an aircraft flew over east Sussex smoke pouring out behind. The service cap was ...
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Allied POW camps WWII

My aunt who was born in 1925 said she was a POW towards the end of WWII. She said she was a German Army member, not a Nazi. She said the allieds were French. How do I find out about these camps?
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Record of 2/10 Baluch Regiment soldier in the British archives?

My grandfather served in 2/10 Baluch Regiment, under British Army during the 2nd World War. What was the fate of those who were loyal to the British? Any record details with British Army HQ?
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Seeking WW2 death record in Russia for Paul Krahn who was born 1917 at Lauenburg (Germany)?

I had two uncles who both fell in WW2, one in Italy, who has a grave, but the other in Russia. I only have his name (Paul Krahn), date and place of birth (2 Feb 1917 at Lauenburg, Germany) and that ...
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Obtaining WW2 records from the Dienststelle? [duplicate]

My grandfather worked for the German Post office May 1940 to end of war. I have a copy of a letter that my grandfather received in August 1944 while he was living there asking/ordering him to relocate ...
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Finding my father's Royal Navy record for WWII? [duplicate]

I have tried many times to find a record of my father who was in the navy during WWII without success. He told me that he served in minesweepers and then on motor gun boats and ended up serving in ...
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Looking for the grave of a German soldier who died in World War II?

I'm looking to get the information about a German Soldier Grave and the name of the Cemetery Name : Michael Feichtenfchlader
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Seeking WW2 service record of Helmut Pelz? [duplicate]

I am looking to find my grandfather's service record in the German navy during the Second World War. He was also a prisoner of war and I have the paper work for this.
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Looking for family of Heinrich Märte from Sipplingen, Germany?

I am looking for information on Heinrich Märte (my grandfather) and his family. He was born on July 1, 1912 in Sipplingen and died On April 19, 1944 when the military plane crashed in Geierswalde ...
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Tracing ancestor CF Evans who died in World War 2 (aged 39 in 1945)?

I am stuck at first-base in trying to trace my UK ancestry. My grandfather died in World War 2 in 1945 at 39 years of age (according to the War Grave Commission). He was discharged from the Royal ...
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Determining fate of Soviet soldier from Azerbaijan captured by Germans in 1941?

I am searching for my great grandfather Ismailov Isa Iskander's grave. He was born in 1904 in Khanlar (Helenendorf), Azerbaijan. That city was founded by Germans. Isa learned German language from ...
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German POWs in Camp Upton and Fort Dupont

My grandfather's brother was a German soldier captured in North Africa and ultimately sent to the United States. I found a list of names of POWs held at Camp Upton and my grandfather's brother was in ...
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Searching for WW2 military record of German soldier who died 1945 in Italy? [duplicate]

I have a name, place and date of birth, place and date of death also. This soldier died in Italy in 1945 and is buried in Futa Pass. Could anybody provide me with where i can gain more information ...
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Researching German soldiers who were prisoners of war in US during WWII? [duplicate]

My father-in-law was in the Latvian army then conscripted into the German army. We believe he was captured by American forces in either North Africa or Italy and brought to the US. He was in a camp ...
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Looking for evidence of my grandfather's German citizenship?

I am looking for records of my grandfather, Ernest Paul Wolf, born on 1.11.1899 in Strehlen, Silesia, son of Fiedrich Wolf and Auguste Krause, both German. During WWII he was a civilian. I need his ...
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How to return NSDAP Membership Book to family of Adolf-Georg Werner?

My Father was an American soldier during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. Among his things I have found a red NSDAP Membership booklet with the photo and information of an Adolf-Georg Werner. It is ...
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Finding records of Berlin Airlift Service by Robert Whitehead?

My great grandfather supposedly served in the Berlin Airlift. His name is Robert Seaborn Whitehead. I have no pictures only family stories is there any way to confirm this?
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Where can I find records about German military records from World War II? [duplicate]

I am looking for information pertaining to German soldiers during World War II. My significant other's great grandparents were from Germany during the second world war. His great-grandfather was in ...
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Locating Latvian Legion service records?

I am interested in looking for my grandfather Adolphs Gailitis' (b.1911) service records in the Latvian Legion in WW2. He was taken as a Russian POW but I'm not sure which year.
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Finding World War 2 Army or Navy service record for resident of Sussex, England?

Peter Evelyn Graham was born in 1923 in London and died in 1972 in Sussex. He was in the services but not sure which one: Army records, his name hasn't come up. Navy records have a leading seaman ...
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How should I interpret this Buchenwald camp card?

On Fold3, I found an Inmate Card showing a late cousin who was imprisoned in Buchenwald. He returned safe after the war, and died in 1961, but the card raises a question here, because it has a stamped ...
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Finding out what happened to German prisoner of world war 2? [duplicate]

My mother was a Dutch prisoner of war in Mauthausen in 1945. She managed to save the life of a German POW, who was already 11 years in the camp by that time. He fell in love with my mother and wrote ...