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November, 2007

WW2 People's War
Vast collection of personal histories about World War II.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12


This site is a digital archive of more than 47,000 stories and 15,000 images of World War II collected by the British Broadcasting Company from people who had lived and fought during World War II.
This well organized site features two main areas; the archive list (divided into 64 categories) and a timeline of key events. The site can also be searched by keyword, author, or article ID. A text only version is also available.

Between June, 2003 and January, 2006 the BBC asked its public to contribute stories of their experiences and memories during the second world war to a Web site, and WW2 Peoples War is the result of that effort. The stories are not intended to give a precise overview or an accurate list of dates and events, but rather to illustrate how a generation remembers the war sixty or more years after its occurrence. Visitors can browse through the entire archive list that is divided into sixty-four categories such as bombings, domestic life, volunteers, working life, location, prisoners of war, and others. A timeline is available that contains fact files which relate to some of the key events of the war from 1939 to 1945. Users can scroll the timeline or jump to a particular year or period using the tabs. The learning zone contains lesson plans based on extracts from stories in the archive for use by teachers, families, and community groups.


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