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Tracing Your Second World War Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

Publisher: Pen & Sword

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 176 pages
Author: P. Tomaselli
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9781848842885
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

The Second World War was the defining conflict of the twentieth century and it is one of the most popular and fascinating areas for historical research - and for family historians. More records than ever are available to researchers whose relatives served during the war. And this new book by Phil Tomaselli is the perfect guide to how to locate and understand these sources - and get the most out of them.

He explains how, and from where, service records can be obtained, using real examples showing what they look like and how to interpret them. He also examines records of the military units relatives might have served in so their careers can be followed in graphic detail. The three armed services are covered, along with the merchant navy, the Home Guard, civilian services, prisoners of war, gallantry and campaign medals, casualties, women’s services and obscure wartime organizations.

The Second World War was the defining conflict of the twentieth century and it is one of the most popular and fascinating areas for historical research – and for family historians. More records than ever are available to researchers whose relatives served during the war. And this new book by Phil Tomaselli is the perfect guide to how to locate and understand these sources – and get the most out of them. He explains how, and from where, service records can be obtained, using real examples showing what they look like and how to interpret them. He also examines records of the military units relatives might have served in so their careers can be followed in graphic detail. The three armed services are covered, along with the merchant navy, the Home Guard, civilian services, prisoners of war, gallantry and campaign medals, casualties, women’s services and obscure wartime organizations. Also included are a glossary of service acronyms, information on useful websites, an introduction to the National Archives and details of other useful sources.

Also included are a glossary of service acronyms, information on useful websites, an introduction to the National Archives and details of other useful sources.

Contents:
Acknowledgements
Personal Introduction
1. Getting Started
2. Campaign and Gallantry Medals
3. The Royal Navy
4. The Army
5. The Royal Air Force
6. The Merchant Navy
7. The Home Guard
8. Secret Organisations
9. Prisoners of War
10. The Home Front
11. Civil Defence
12. Commonwealth and Empire
Appendix 1. Royal Naval Shore Establishments that Might Appear on a Service Record
Appendix 2. Army Abbreviations - Units
Appendix 3. Army Abbreviations - Army Service Record
Appendix 4. Royal Air Force Acronyms
Appendix 5. Websites
Bibliography
Index

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