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American History Resources on War and Conflict


The United States entered WWII following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Upon entry, the United States joined the Allies, which had already been at war with Germany, Italy, and Japan since the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. The United States saw troops deployed to both European and Pacific theatres of combat, as well as intensified training and rationing across America. The United States and her allies would remain at war with Germany and Japan until 1945. 

Key Catalog Terms

Listed below are some recommended catalog key terms for searching for resources related to World War II. Full steps on how to use these key terms can be found on this LibGuide's homepage.

Second World War
World War II

Key Subject Headings

Listed below are some recommended subject headings for searching for resources related to World War II. Full steps on how to use these subject terms can be found on this LibGuide's homepage.

Americans -- Great Britain
Camp Claiborne (La.)
Civil Air Transport

Germany -- History -- 1945-1955

Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945

Germany (Territory under Allied occupation, 1945-1955 : U.S. Zone). Office of Military Government

Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945

Military bases -- Louisiana -- Rapides Parish

Military spouses -- Louisiana -- Amite City

Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949

Price regulation -- United States

Rationing -- United States

Soldiers Louisiana

United States -- Armed Forces -- Medical care

United States. Army -- African American troops

United States. Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945

United States. Army -- Military construction operations

United States. Army -- Military life

United States. Army -- Supplies and stores

United States. Army Air Forces -- Military life

United States. Army. Air Corps

United States. Army. Corps of Engineers (Colored). Battalion, 96th -- History

United States. Army. Field Artillery Regiment, 141st (Washington Artillery)

United States. Army. Forces in the European Theater

United States. Navy -- Military life

War crime trials -- Germany (West) -- Nuremburg

World War, 1939-1945 -- Artillery operations, American

World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe

World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy

World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean

World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspect -- United States

World War, 1939-1945 -- Engineering and construction

World War, 1939-1945 -- Europe -- In motion pictures

World War, 1939-1945 -- Food supply

World War, 1939-1945 -- Fuel supplies -- United States

World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany

World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Okinawa Island

World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan

World War, 1939-1945 -- Louisiana -- Baton Rouge

World War, 1939-1945 -- Louisiana -- Prisoners and prisons

World War, 1939-1945 -- Louisiana -- Rapides Parish

World War, 1939-1945 -- New Guinea

World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American

World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees -- Germany

World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Aerial operations

Selected Collections

A few of the collections held by LSU Libraries Special Collections are listed below. Additional collections may be found utilizing the subject headings listed in the sections above. 

Books and other published materials

Manuscript collections


Oral Histories

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