WEB-SITES FOR THE HISTORY ENTHUSIAST
ART (AVIATION AND MARINE ART)
THE STOKES COLLECTION
This web-site displays a wide range of paintings by America's foremost aviation and marine artist Stan Stokes.
This web-site is highly recommended to the military history enthusiast.
THE PACIFIC WAR 1941-45
The Battle for Australia
THE BATTLE FOR AUSTRALIA WEB-SITE
This web-site takes the viewer from Pearl Harbor to New Guinea where under-trained and poorly equipped eighteen year old Australian recruits blocked the drive by elite Japanese troops over the Kokoda Track to Port Moresby.
WHEN WAR CAME TO AUSTRALIA
This is the web-site of the men and women who defended Australia's northern port of Darwin against intesive Japanese bombing in 1942 and 1942.
The Battle of the Coral Sea
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY HISTORY
THE PACIFIC WAR WEB-SITE
BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA
The Battle of Midway
The Battle of Midway Roundtable is a forum heavily focussed on the Battle of Midway but it permits discussion of US Navy history ranging from Pearl Harbor to Midway. There is a distinct US Navy orientation about most of the discussions, but people of all ages and from all walks of life with an interest in the Battle of Midway are encouraged to join. Members of this forum include veterans of the Pacific War 1941-45. One attractive feature of this forum that is noticeably missing from some forums is the invariable courtesy shown to members and the strict curbing by the moderator of any rudeness directed by one member to another. This forum has an associated Battle of Midway web-site that includes links to other Batttle of Midway web-sites.
The web-master says: Highly Recommended.
The History Channel
The History Channel provides a forum for discussion of historical topics ranging from ancient to modern history. When last visited there was a World War II forum that was sinking under the weight of postings addressing a multitude of aspects of this very broad theme. At the very least, the World War II forum needed to be divided into categories, such as Pacific War, European Theatre, North Africa.
The web-master says: Give it a try!
The Axis History Forum
As its name suggests, this forum is dedicated to the Nazis, the Imperial Japanese, and others comprised within the description of "Axis". Discussions on any forum should be courteously guided and facilitated by moderators, but my brief experience with this forum left me with the distinct impression that the so-called "moderators" who exercise autocratic control over discussions do not appreciate this. I was surprised to find that rudeness exhibited by one of the so-called "moderators" not only went unchecked but appeared to be condoned. I was also surprised to find that a so-called "moderator" was permitted to cull a large quantity of material from various history web-sites and simply dump a 50-page hotchpotch of this lifted material on forum members under the guise of it being a posting related to Japanese bombing of Clark Field in December 1941! In stark contrast to the behaviour of some "moderators" with inflated opinions of themselves, some of the members of this forum offered very intelligent contributions.
The web-master says: For those who can cope with the rudeness and pretentiousness of some of the so-called "moderators", this forum is worth visiting for the very intelligent contributions of some of the members.
NANJING (NANKING) MASSACRE
This important web-site contains very disturbing text and horrifying images of Japanese atrocities committed in China in 1937. Although historically accurate, and illustrated with images taken by the Japanese soldiers themselves, it is strongly recommended that children under the age of fifteen not be permitted to view this site.
Japanese Imperial Navy
Jon Parshall's excellent web-site covers the equipment and operational doctrines of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. The author is widely recognised as an expert in this field and is co-author of the Battle of Midway book "Shattered Sword" (2005) which provides interesting insights into Japanese planning for and operations during the Battle of Midway.
Naval Air War in the Pacific
DAVES WAR BIRDS
This is a fascinating web-site for Pacific War history enthusiasts. Dave Hanson tells us that his goal is to try to show various aspects of the air war in the Pacific, specifically the US Navy and Marine air units in action. The illustrations include some excellent paintings by famous artists.
None of those submitted are still active
US Army in the Pacific War
US Army Air Forces in the Pacific War
US Marines in the Pacific War
US Navy in the Pacific War
MILITARY HISTORY - GENERAL
Pirate Storm - Historic War Battles
This very useful website offers access to a number of sources of information about famous battles throughout the course of Western history including Battle of Britain, Battle of Waterloo, Battle of the Little Bighorn (US Cavalry versus Cheyenne and Lakota Sioux warriors), Battle of Teutoburg Forest (Romans versus Germans), defeat of the Spanish Armada, Battle of Kadesh (Ancient Egypt versus the Hittite Empire), D-Day, the Battle of Normandy, Battle of Midway, Gettysburg, Stalingrad (and many more). History students should find this website very interesting. Alternative link: http://uspiratestorm.com/historic-war-battles
MILITARY HISTORY ARCHIVES
THE NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
This superb archive is a major source of information and historic photographs relating to the United States Navy. The website is very user friendly and has the writer's strong recommendation. Coverage of the Pacific War is comprehensive, and new material is constantly being added to the collection. Student researchers should not miss the Frequently Asked Questions section which contains very useful material on battles such as Midway.
The web-master says: Highly recommended.
THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
The archives of the Australian War Memorial are extensive and an important resource for those interested in Australia's military history. When last reviewed by the web-master in 2003, access to this web-site could not be described as "user friendly". Much has changed, and access to the collections has now been substantially improved.
The webmaster says: Highly recommended.
HISTORY WEB-SITE RINGS
The History Ring
The Navigation Bar below will take the viewer to the History Ring. Click on "Hub" to view one of many pages of history web-sites and the very useful "search" window.