World War Two Service Newspapers Published
The story of war as told by rare and well-known publications circulated to the forces in major theatres across the globe
(Marlborough, UK â€“ March 2018) Adam Matthew Digital announces the publication of a landmark digital newspaper collection: Service Newspapers of World War Two, containing an extensive range of both rare and well-known wartime publications for soldiers serving in major theatres around the world.
This collection enables significant cross-national studies into the attitudes, beliefs and interests of military personnel engaged in the terrible struggle that raged across the world between 1939-1945.
John Crawford, New Zealand Defence Force Historian
This resource provides a fascinating new perspective on the war in an accessible and searchable format. Many newspapers were written by the servicemen themselves, while others were sanctioned by senior staff and had a more official agenda. Users can discover how these publications played a vital role in keeping servicemen informed, providing entertainment and camaraderie, and delivering news about the war at large.
Providing various perspectives from major theatres across the globe, publications have been digitised from key nations including: the US, Canada, New Zealand, India, and the countries of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Both Allied and Axis publications are presented, offering a broad view of the war and the experiences of those on its front lines
Titles include the British forcesâ€™ Union Jack; the US troopsâ€™ Stars and Stripes (London edition); Springbok (produced for South African forces serving in the Middle East); Fauji Akhbar for Indian troops, The Maple Leaf published for Canadian servicemen in Britain, and Die Wehrmacht a German military newspaper.
The newspapers have been sourced from a renowned range of international archives, including the British Library, Imperial War Museums, London; the US Army War College; Berlin State Library; and the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Rich in cultural and social history, this collection enables students and scholars to research key historical events of the war through the medium of contemporary publications.