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specifically related to the content of this website, namely Combined
Operations, World War II, selected military organisations and military
Veterans' Records, Support &
Veterans UK - Support for Veterans.
The Agency provides for the first time, a range of
'through life' support functions direct to around 900,000 serving and
ex-Service personnel. Click on the logo opposite or freephone 0800 169
2277, Textphone 0800 169 3458 or Email
Veterans UK - Service Records.
Information, advice and guidance on obtaining copies
of service records.
Veterans Affairs Canada.
Links to the home page of this comprehensive Canadian Government site. Includes a great amount of
historical information from official
sources and personal reminiscences, research facilities, a youth
section, special features and much
The extensive military collection on findmypast
It includes 3.6 million
records from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Britain and the United States.
This comprehensive collection of armed forces and conflict records provide a
great resource to assist you in searching for your military ancestors.
Discover more about your family's military past and learn more about your
brave ancestors' achievements and efforts during wars around the world.
Help for Heroes.
Their mission is to deliver an enduring national
network of support for our wounded and their families. We will inspire and
enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full
potential. The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over, but for those who have
suffered life-changing injuries, their battles are just beginning. We will
not let them fight these battles alone.
UK National Archive.
This is a vast site covering many aspects of life in the UK. Amongst the records held, but not available
on-line, are some on Combined Operations. These can be accessed by personal callers or remotely via a list of independent researchers (search fee to be negotiated
with the researcher of your choice).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
"Debt of Honour
Register" is the Commission's database listing the 1.7 million
men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two
world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations
world-wide where they are commemorated. The register can also be
searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died
as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.
The largest UK database of Armed Forces and Ex-Forces Personnel
on the web. You are more likely to find your old UK forces friends
here (and they are more likely to find you) than anywhere else on
the web, fact! Forces Reunited® lets you find old friends
and colleagues plus read what they are doing now. It's free to
register, search and browse entries for the
The Society has
of cloth formation signs (shoulder sleeve insignia, shoulder
titles, regimental and unit flashes and similar items" Contact
the Publicity Officer, Hubert H Long. Tel: 01952 408830 or 01952
Selected Navy records on line free. The Internet Archive,
a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet
sites and other cultural artefacts in digital form. Like a paper
library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars,
and the general public.
HMS Intrepid (L11)
for old shipmates of HMS Intrepid to pull up a bollard and swing a
lantern. Also the home of the HMS Intrepid Association.
General or tailored guided visits to the Normandy beaches and
their hinterland by an experienced guide and artist.
is a social network website for the ex and
serving men and women in the Armed Forces. The site is also open for anyone
with an interest in the military, and is completely free. It is extremely
easy to use, after a few mouse clicks you’re able to reunite with old
friends from the military days, or connect with serving colleagues. You can
share photos, blogs, videos and interests within your growing network of
Archived by British Library, US
Library of Congress, Bavarian State Library. WW1, inter-war, WW2
and post WW2. Naval-History.Net started
with two books written by Gordon Smith on the War at Sea in World
War 2 and Battles of the Falklands. It has since expanded, not only
with his own World War 1 and 2 researches, but such work as RN
casualty lists 1914 to the present and daily RN ship movements 1939
to March 1942 by American researcher Don Kindell and 1,000 WW2 ship
histories by Lt Cdr Geoff Mason Rtd. Naval-History.Net is listed in
the top 10 websites in a "A Guide to Military History on the
Internet" by Simon Fowler of the National Archives.
Online Military Indexes and Records.
This website is a directory of links to online military indexes
and records for USA genealogy research. Included are rosters,
databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and
II, and listings of military and war casualties.
Department of Veteran Affairs Crisis Hotline
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach
caring, qualified responders
with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are
Planning for Life after Discharge
How to Plan
for Life After Discharge: A Guide for Veterans.
Transition to Civilian Life
According to the
Pew Research Center,
44 percent of the veterans who served after September 11, 2001,
have found that the transition back to civilian life was very
difficult. Emotional trauma suffered on the battlefield combined
with the civilian skills that some veterans have lost over their
time in service combine to create this challenge. For some,
physical disabilities add to the challenges they will face.
Surviving Spouses Resources
Learn how we, as military families ourselves, interact with our
own community to understand what issues are the most
significant. Find out what you can do to make sure that the
well-being of military wives, husbands, children, parents, and
siblings is at the forefront of policymakers’ minds.
Best Jobs for Returning Service Personnel
When returning from active duty and transitioning to civilian
life, one of the first things a soldier must do is find a job.
While military service provides
many critical skills that can translate well into civilian jobs,
sometimes the transition itself and communicating those skills
to a non-military hiring manager is a big challenge to overcome.
Places To Visit
Imperial War Museum.
It's probably easier to list what's not
on this site! Includes Duxford Air museum, Cabinet War Rooms, HMS Belfast, 1940s House and thousands of other
references. Well worth many visits!
The National Memorial
The Arboretum is set in the
pleasant countryside of Staffordshire, between the towns of Lichfield
and Burton-upon-Trent. It provides a living and lasting
focus for remembrance essentially for those who have lost their lives
or suffered in the service of their country. It is a haven of peace
and contemplation and is the location of the
Memorial to Combined Operations.
Balloon Hanger and Museum, Ecausseville France.
Map, photos, information
and links to this unique example of a 100 year old hanger nearly 500 ft
long, 100 ft high and 125 ft wide, constructed to protect airships whose
purpose was to disable or sink German U Boats in WW1. Also used in WW2 and
during the so called Cold War.
Gazelle Squadron Display Team.
The Gazelle Squadron is a unique team of ex-British
Military Gazelle helicopters in their original military colours and with
their original military registrations. The core team includes four Gazelles,
one from each service; The Royal Navy, The Royal Marines, The Army Air Corps
and The Royal Air Force. A fifth Gazelle in Royal Marines colours will
provide intimate support for the Team. Their crest, includes the Combined
Operations badge. The last, and possibly, only time the badge was seen on an
aircraft was in the early mid 40s. A photo of the Hurricane concerned is
included in the 516 Squadron webpage.
US Assault Training Center SW England Friends.
not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preserve and promote the U.S.
Assault Training Center of World War II in practical and historical
matters through education.
There are around 300 books listed on
our 'Combined Operations Books' page. They, or any
other books you know about, can be purchased on-line from the
Advanced Book Exchange (ABE). Their search banner link, on our 'Books' page, checks the shelves of
thousands of book shops world-wide. Just type in, or copy and paste the
title of your choice, or use the 'keyword' box for book suggestions.
There's no obligation to buy, no registration and no passwords.
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