Beginning a research paper on World War II can be daunting. With Research Starters, you can get a basic introduction to major WWII topics, see recommended secondary sources, and view primary sources you can use from the Museum’s collection.
Research Starters: Worldwide Deaths in World War II
See estimates for worldwide deaths, broken down by country, in World War II.
Research Starters: US Military by the Numbers
See a breakdown of numbers in the US military, by branch and year, in World War II.
Research Starters: The Draft and World War II
On September 16, 1940, the United States instituted the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, which required all men between the ages of 21 and 45 to register for the draft.
Research Starters: The GI BillThe GI Bill: Soldiers Return Home With memories of 1932’s Bonus March, in which veterans of World War I marche...
Research Starters: Higgins Boats
In the late 1930s, the U.S. military began developing small boats that could carry troops from ships to open beaches.
Research Starters: The Battle of Midway
Fought between the U.S. and Japanese navies June 4-7, 1942, this battle turned the tide of the war in the Pacific in favor of the Americans.
Research Starters: Women in World War II
With ever-growing orders for war materials combined with so many men overseas fighting the war, women were called upon to work in ways previously reserved only for men.
Ask anyone who remembers life on the Home Front during World War II about their strongest memories and chances are they will tell you about rationing. You see, the war caused shortages of all sorts of things: rubber, metal, clothing, etc. But it was the shortages of various types of food that affected just about everyone on a daily basis.
Take A Closer Look: America Goes to War
America's isolation from war ended on December 7, 1941, when Japan staged a surprise attack on American military installations in the Pacific.
History At a Glance: Women in World War II
American women played important roles during World War II, both at home and in uniform.