Personal recollections of the Second World War (or World War II) are of increasing value to historians as the number of witnesses to this period sadly declines.
a unique directory of oral history collections relating to the Second World War.
The stories of child evacuees, survivors of the Holocaust and civilians who experienced the Blitz of British cities are featured in many of these collections. The experiences of men who served in the Army, Royal Navy, RAF and Merchant Navy, and women in the WAAF, WRNS, ATS and Land Army are well represented in collections large and small.
The large oral history collections of the
The majority of collections have websites. Some sites offer the opportunity to download transcripts, listen to MP3s or watch videos of interviews, for example Bolton Remembers the War, Finest Hour Liverpool Blitz Sound Archive and the
The collections can be browsed by subject or by location (split into regions of the
The majority of these recordings can be easily accessed by researchers, often requiring only a few days notice. In many cases, these excellent sources of first hand testimony have not be reproduced in publications before, and can provide fresh insights into this period of history.
Recollections of WWII is an independent, non-profit website, and is run on a voluntary basis. If you have any questions about the site, or would like to suggest a collection for inclusion, please contact me.