World War II Narratives (Primary Sources)

The works below are first-person accounts by World War II combatants, medical personnel, and chaplains. They are primary sources that provide direct information on people's experiences during the war.

To read the experiences of the journalists who covered World War II, see World War II War Correspondents (Primary Sources)

World War II Narratives (Primary Sources): Selected full-text books and articles

Soldiering for Freedom: A GI's Account of World War II By Herman J. Obermayer Texas A&M University Press, 2005
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
From Day to Day By Odd Nansen; Katherine John G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1949
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
From War to Peace in 1945 Germany: A GI's Experience By Malcolm L. Fleming Indiana University Press, 2016
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Pillar of Fire: Dunkirk 1940 By Ronald Atkin Birlinn, 2000
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
The Last Soldiers of the King: Wartime Italy, 1943-1945 By Eugenio Corti; Manuela Arundel University of Missouri Press, 2003
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Guadalcanal Marine By Kerry L. Lane University Press of Mississippi, 2004
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
The Crucible: An Autobiography by Colonel Yay, Filipina American Guerrilla By Yay Panlilio; Denise Cruz Rutgers University Press, 2010
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Lady GI: A Woman's War in the South Pacific: the Memoir of Irene Brion By Irene Brion Presidio Press, 1997
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
The Long Road of War: A Marine's Story of Pacific Combat By James W. Johnston University of Nebraska Press, 1998
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW By Lewis H. Carlson Fordham University Press, 2005
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
A Secret War: Americans in China, 1944-1945 By Oliver J. Caldwell Southern Illinois University Press, 1972
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Dustoff: The Memoir of an Army Aviator By Michael J. Novosel Presidio Press, 1999
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
On Time, on Target: The World War II Memoir of a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne By John D. McKenzie Presidio Press, 2000
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
With the Possum and the Eagle: The Memoir of a Navigator's War over Germany and Japan By Ralph H. Nutter University of North Texas Press, 2005
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman By Charles W. Dryden University of Alabama Press, 1997
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten By C. Snelling Robinson Kent State University Press, 2000
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
The Sea Hawks: With the PT Boats at War By Edgar D. Hoagland Presidio Press, 1999
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Mr. Michel's War: From Manila to Mukden: an American Navy Officer's War with the Japanese, 1941-1945 By John J. A. Michel Presidio, 1998
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
General Wainwright's Story: The Account of Four Years of Humiliating Defeat, Surrender, and Captivity By Jonathan M. Wainwright; Robert Considine Doubleday, 1946
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Hospital on the Move: Life with the 79th Hospital in World War II By Mary Jane Kohlenberg Truman State University Press, 2000
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Medic! How I Fought World War II with Morphine, Sulfa, and Iodine Swabs By Robert J. Franklin University of Nebraska Press, 2006
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Fighting for the Soviet Motherland: Recollections from the Eastern Front Hero of the Soviet Union By D. F. Loza; James F. Gebhardt University of Nebraska Press, 1998
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Kamikaze: A Japanese Pilot's Own Spectacular Story of the Famous Suicide Squadrons By Gordon T. Allred; Yasuo Kuwahara American Legacy Media, 2007
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Through the Hitler Line: Memoirs of an Infantry Chaplain By Laurence F. Wilmot Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2003
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Tattooed on My Soul: Texas Veterans Remember World War II By Stephen M. Sloan; Lois E. Myers; Michelle Holland Texas A&M University Press, 2015
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Tales from the Front Line: D-Day By Jonathan Bastable David & Charles, 2011
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Packs On! Memoirs of the 10th Mountain Division By A. B. Feuer Praeger, 2004
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
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