Linklists have fallen a bit out of favour in the past years, since search engines have become so much more powerful and seem to be able to provide all the content of the internet within a whim. However, I frequently stumble over a website that I regard as a treasure of information, and that only showed up after the most obscure search terms were used. So I decided to present in loose fashion a couple of website I consider well-written and relevant to the topic of military history of the 20th century.

Official History of Japan in the Second World War (7/20/2017) - The transcribed name of the official Japanese history of the Second World War is “Senshi Sosho”. Its a monumental work, covering virtually all aspects of the war except the Japanese war crimes. The Senshi Sosho totals 102 volumes that consist of 34 volumes on the Imperial General Headquarters, 37 volumes on the Army, 21 volumes […]
Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919 The Offical Canadian History of the First World War (7/20/2017) - Confusingly, there are several official Canadian histories, published by various authors. All books can be found the Book can be found online at the Canadian Army Heritage Website. The following body of works constitutes the Canadian historiography for the First World War: Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War: Candian Expeditionary […]
The New Zealanders at Gallipoli The Official Histories of New Zealand in the First World War (7/19/2017) - No full official account of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War was ever published. Only four official volumes were published (1919-1923), and they were written by senior officers who had fought in the campaigns (Gallipoli, Sinai/Palestine, Western Front) but who generally had no training as historians. A useful summary on the genesis of […]
The Official Australian History of the Second World War (7/19/2017) - The official history of Australias involvement in the Second World War represents one of the longest and largest historical endeavours Australia has ever seen. The enterprise began in January 1943 with the appointment of Gavin Long as General Editor. The 22 volumes, written 14 authors, were published by the Memorial over a 25-year period between […]
L'Esercito Italiano nella Grande Guerra 1915-1918 The Italian Official History of World War One (3/16/2017) - The Italian Army published its official history between 1927 and 1988 – interrupted by the Second World War – under the title of “L’Esercito Italiano nella Grande Guerra 1915-1918” (“The Italian Army in the Great War 1915-1918”). The history stretches over seven volumes divided into 37 books and is accompanied by panoramic sketches, topographical maps […]
All Power to the People: An inofficial “Total War”-Playtest (2/20/2017) - A testament to the dedication and loaylty of the community. There, I always wanted to write such a sentence, and today I honestly have a reason for it: Robert, a member of the Europa mailing list, assembled a TW playtest set by using the TW maps and counters, and updating the FitE-rule set to modern […]
The Official British History of World War One (5/6/2015) - Note: The earlier volumes of this work are available on archive org, we will ad the links as as time permits, and as the volumes become available online.   Military Operations The volumes of the British Official History: Military Operations are as follows: Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1914 Volume I: Mons, the Retreat to […]
The US Official History of World War One (5/6/2015) - The official history of the US Army in World War One is available as PDF as well as HTML. We´ve linked to the HTML versions, but you can easily access the PDF versions from the Center of Military History´s Website. Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War Volume 1: General […]
The backs of the German Official history of WW 1 The Official German History of World War One (5/6/2015) - Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918 Published as “Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918. Im Auftrage des Oberkommandos des Heeres bearbeitet und herausgegeben von der Kriegsgeschichtlichen Forschungsanstalt des Heeres. Die militärischen Operationen zu Lande. Berlin: E. S. Mittler 1925-1944”. The work consist of 15 volumes, each supplied with maps, and three supplements, two of which have not […]
The Situation at Paris from the French side, Sept 5th, 1914 The Official History of France in the First World War (5/6/2015) - Named “Les Armées Françaises dans la Grande Guerre” (The French Armies in the Great War”), the official French history of World War One has a total of 106 volumes, of which 26 are text volumes describing the course of events (“Précis”). A further 56 volumes (“Annexes”) contain documents, orders and battle reports that are crossindexed […]
Österreich-Ungarns letzter Krieg 1914-1918 The Austria-Hungarian official history of World War One (5/5/2015) - Edmund Glaise-Horstenau (Hrsg): Österreich-Ungarns letz­ter Krieg 1914–1918. Band I–VII. Verlag der Militärwissenschaftlichen Mitteilungen, Wien 1930–39. Note: Stan Hanna actually translated the whole seven volumes of this work and added some pretty impressive corpus of notes on top of that. I can only imagine the workload having gone into this. You can find the translated version (including illustrations) online […]
Australia in the war of 1914-1918 The Australian Official History of World War One (5/5/2015) - The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 is a 12-volume series covering Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The series was edited by the official historian Charles Bean, who also wrote six of the volumes, and was published between 1920 and 1942. The books, with their familiar covers, “the colour of […]
Screenshot from "Classic Europa" Classic Europa (2/26/2013) - John Astell’s contribution to the Europa-Series is such that I would be hard pressed to find any Europa game that does not show his handwrit, be it that he designed it directly, be it that it heavily borrows from the rules canon John established over the years. Taking over from the founders of GD/W, Paul […]
Screenshot from Grognard.com Grognard.com (1/16/2013) - The oldest gamer site on the web For a long time Grognard.com was the place to look if you wanted to know anything about strategy games. Anything, from MS-DOS based programms to generate hex-maps to long lists of scanned counter sheets for nearly any strategy game available, Grognard.com delivered. During the Nineties and beyond Grognard […]
Screenshot CARL digital library The CARL digital library (10/19/2012) - A recurring theme of pages listed under these bookmarks seems to be that their design somehow harks back to the late nineties, but their content is much richer than a first look would surmise. CARL contines this trend: benhind an awkard and slow interface lingers a host of historical documents. CARL is short for “Combined […]
Screenshot "War over Holland" War over Holland (8/13/2012) - How to organize armies for war is still one of the topics that fascinate me the most – probably one of the reasons why I am still loyal to the precisely researched OBs of the “Europa series”. Some time ago during reasearch I stumbled upon a now defunct blog that listed in detail all units […]
Screenshot of Vectorsite.net Planes, Spaceflight, and Things That Go Boom: Vectorsite (7/2/2012) - This article should be linking to two articles, too. But unlike our previous reccomendation, in which one site hosted the other, in this case the contents of “Vectorsite” have grown to a point at which the author and owner of the site decided some weeks ago to split his website into two. So http://www.airvectors.net/ contains […]
Screenshot Soldat.ru Soviet Orders of Battle – Soldat.ru (5/15/2012) - In order to explain why I am linking with google translate to an Entry on archive.org, a little explanation is probably warranted. For a long time our knowledge about the organisation of the Red Army and its structure during World War II was fragmental at best. While the western Allies published extensive official histories, and […]
Screenshot Naftziger Collection The Nafziger Collection (4/23/2012) - Before the advent of the Web, the name of George F. Nafziger was already a staple in wargaming circles. His work on the wars of the French Revolution and his collection of well-researched Orders so Battle, especially for the Napoleonic area, made him the first adress for anyone wargaming that time. Nafziger started to make […]
Screenshot bayonetstrength.150m.com Battalion Organisation during the Second World War (4/18/2012) - “Bayonetstrength 150” is the most knowledgeable website on bataillon sized units in second world war that we know of. Its name aptly describes focus and content: its all about organisation, training, equipment, and action of bataillion-sized units on the various battlefields of World War II. Its author, Gary Kennedy, not only manages to describe the […]