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World War II: A Resource Guide

The Library’s collections contain a wide variety of materials related to World War II. This guide provides access to the Library’s digital collections, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


World War II (1939-1945) was the largest international event of the twentieth century and one of the major turning points in U.S. and world history. In the six years between the invasion of Poland and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world was caught up in the most destructive war in history. Armed forces of more than seventeen million fought on the land, in the air, and on the sea. The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide and diverse selection of materials relating to this period.

This guide gathers in one place links to World War II related resources throughout the Library of Congress website.