World War Two Studies

Research Source

Important primary sources, offering insight into many aspects of the war, including government policy, the war in the Pacific, and the war in Europe.

Sources include the records of British espionage and sabotage organisation The Special Operations Executive; and private papers of American General Robert L Eichelberger from the Pacific war.

Highlights include:

  • Papers of the Special Operations Executive, the secret British organisation whose mission was to conduct espionage, sabotage and subversion behind enemy lines in Europe
  • Private papers of General Robert L Eichelberger, commander of the Amphibious Eighth during the Pacific War, in charge of all ground occupation troops in Japan (1945-1948) and second in command to General Douglas MacArthur
  • Diaries of James V Forrestal, US Secretary of the Navy, 1944-1947, and first Secretary of Defense, 1947-1949, providing a personal account of his crucial responsibilities for running the war effort, ensuring a successful outcome for the Allies and shaping the peace, reconstruction policies and the structure of the post-war world

Key Data

Period Covered

  • 1930-1955


  • Battle of Britain
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Government and military strategy
  • European War
  • War in the Pacific
  • Atomic bomb
  • Marshall Plan
  • Espionage
  • Sabotage and guerilla warfare
  • Post-war reconstruction
  • Propaganda

Material Types

  • Government files
  • Personal writings, diaries and journals
  • Correspondence
  • Posters and propaganda materials

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