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I'm looking for good sites about WWII. Anyone know of some?

Asked by Symbeline (30493 points ) March 22nd, 2011

Yeah I know, google it. But see, here’s the thing. I know nothing about WWII, not much anyways. I need sites that are accurate. So while there’s plenty out there, I don’t know which ones I can rely on for accurate information. Looking it up right now on Wiki, and maybe some of their other sources near the bottom, but really I don’t know. There’s lots to cover when looking at WWII, but don’t worry about that. Any good site you know of that speaks of it, or some part of it, or some event, wtv. Help?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

The History channel site would be a good place to start.

janbb's avatar

Take a look at:

This

This

and

This

for starters.

Joker94's avatar

My school points us to this place for researching shtuffs.

Also what @WestRiverrat said.

Scooby's avatar

you need this ;-)

wenn's avatar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II would be a good place to take get your feet wet.

There is an immense amount of information out there as WWII is one of the most studied and documented conflicts in history.

Apocalypse: The Second World War from Nat Geo is an awesome series to watch on it.

gailcalled's avatar

Try googling “Nazi Germany.” That should keep you busy for several decades.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I have tons of stuff on this. They’re not web sites though. They’re books.

janbb's avatar

As pointed out, there is a plethero of material. The main task will be to sort through for the most reputable sites. Use keywords “World War 2 ”(or Two), “Nazi Germany,” and “the Holocaust.” Look for domains with .edu, .gov or .org extenstions ideally but some commeercial sites may be valid too.

TexasDude's avatar

I can’t think of any good websites, but I know of some books.

The Nazi Seizure of Power
Hitler’s Empire
and
Billiards at Half Past Nine which is fiction, but still worth the read

These focus on the Nazi regime itself, but they are all invaluable resources for learning about Germany’s role in the war, which was obviously central.

Symbeline's avatar

Thanks for the help guys. Been looking at stuff in the past days. I always knew the Holocaust was some hardcore shit, but damn man. How did Nazis do what they did to folks and go to bed after, I’ll never know. :/

TexasDude's avatar

@Symbeline, one of those books I mentioned can’t remember which actually goes into detail about psychological care the Nazis offered SS troops and camp guards who went bonkers after carrying out their atrocities. It’s really interesting, yet scary, stuff. Apparently a lot of even the most cold, hard killers lost their shit after a long time of being accessories to systematic and brutal genocide.

Symbeline's avatar

Yeah, I’ve read something a bit like that about what the Japanese did war prisoners and the like. They interviewed one of the scientists, who to this day is still alive, and he describes his experiences. He’s all like, so when you get handed a scalpel and are ordered to make Y incision on a live man, you just do it. Then he described freaking out and puking and crying like a little girl for two days. But after that, he says you get used to it, and it just becomes your everyday thing. However, on a long term scale, it fucks you right up…This is a bit different than the Nazis who brutalized and killed people, but not so much when you think about what some of their experiments were.
That’s interesting that you bring up about how some Nazis and guards went apeshit. I never thought of that. Although I can certainly imagine it. Must be a pretty damn informative book then, in that it explore stuff on matters I usually don’t hear about in places specializing in the subject.

Joker94's avatar

The Japanese atrocities were horrible. I never even learned about them until this year, and I’m kind of shocked most of my history lessons glazed over this.

The first time I heard about the Rape of Nanking truly changed my perception of the Japanese in WWII…

WestRiverrat's avatar

Here is a good article on Rape_of_Nanking

WARNING: some of the photos are very graphic.

TexasDude's avatar

@Joker94, the Japanese did some fuckkeeddd up shit in WWII. Look up “Unit 731.” Not to downplay the Holocaust, but some of the stuff the Imperial Japanese did there makes the Nazis look like amateurs 0_o

Joker94's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I read an article about Unit 731 just the other day! It was horrific…how did it get so downplayed in history?!

WestRiverrat's avatar

@Joker94 It got downplayed because the US needed Japan as an ally against the Soviet Union/Communist China. They wanted the US public to not have the hatred of the Japanese shortly after the war that they had during the war.

That and the communist forces occupied the area of Unit 731, and they were not very forthcoming with details until after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Joker94's avatar

@WestRiverrat Shit…that’s awful…

Symbeline's avatar

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that Unit 731 was also denied, or at least vaguely spoken of by the Japanese. It took almost until the 70’s or so for them to finally go out and say, yeah, we did do this. Not entirely sure about this, but that was in that same article where they interviewed that scientist.
I saw some stuff on the Internet years ago, apparent live footage of some of those experiments. It was extremely shoddy, but you got the idea. Apparently what my dad’s friend was showing us lasted three hours. I lasted about 15 minutes, ugh.

Joker94's avatar

@Symbeline Jeez. I read some interview of a guy who was at Unit 731, and he claims he was vivisected three times..

Edit- I was wrong, I read an excerpt from that interview and took it out of context o_o He was talking about performing vivisections.

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