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    Bob Smith
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    Do any of you know of a community or public history project concerning WW2 naval activity that uses oral history and whose archives are accessible? I want to carry out a case study report as part of an oral history module I am studying for an M.Litt.

    Bob Smith
    SNR member

    #16060
    Mark Barton
    Participant

    Bob

    Not completely directly but IWM has tapes that include RN personnel – some of those I think include WW2. Also BRNC Dartmouth, did Britannia’s Voices which includes the whole history they could track including WW2. Not directly just what you were after. But after a few days seeing no answer thought they might be helpful.

    #16064
    Thomas B
    Participant

    U.S. Naval Institute has an extensive oral history collection to include many prominent USN / USMC officers who served in WW II. See this page on the USNI website to determine if this is the kind of resource you would find useful: https://www.usni.org/heritage/oral-history.

    #16071
    Bob Smith
    Participant

    Thomas, thanks for this link. It’s exactly what I was looking for and will have a close look in the next few days. The only drawback I see is that access is not free so I might have to raid the piggy bank!

    Bob Smith

    #16122
    Stuart R
    Participant

    I have found the BBC site useful:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/categories/
    and the Legasee veterans website:
    https://www.legasee.org.uk/oursecretwar/the-archive/

    Stuart

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