Documents of WWII

Allied Agreements

Destroyers for Bases Agreement, 2 September 1940
The Quebec Agreement; August 19, 1943

British Empire

British Offer of Anglo-French Union; June 16, 1940
Pathfinder Force Badge Award Document; 1944
A.T. Harris' Final Order of the Day to Bomber Command, 1945

Canada

Statements in the House of Commons in April 1945 regarding the RCN in the Pacific War (2.6 MB PDF)
Mackenzie King’s speech in the House of Commons on 4 April 1945 regarding the Pacific War

France

France’s War Against Japan – DeGaulle Speech of 14 March 1945 (2.3 MB PDF)

Soviet Union

Order of the People's Commissar of Defense of the USSR Number 299; August 19, 1941
Stalin’s Address on Red Army Day, 1945 (also, Order of the Day No. 5 for 23 February 1945) (2.1 MB PDF)
Stalin’s Address for Victory Day, 1945 (10 May 1945) (2 MB PDF)

Imperial Japan

Japanese GHQ Message to the ‘Liberated’ circa 1941

Supreme Command, Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF)

SHAEF (44) 22: Operation ‘Overlord’ (10 March 1944) (870~ kb PDF)
Press Release in case OVERLORD fails (5 June 1944)
Early Draft for Order of the Day for D-Day (172 kb PDF)
SHAEF Order of the Day (6 June 1944) (600 kb B/W PDF) (1.34 MB Color PDF)
German Surrender Documents (8 May 1945) (500~ kb PDF)

Congressional Documents

The Truman Committee (aka Hearings before a Special Committee Investigating the National Defense Program) held hearings from 15 April 1941 to 30 January 1948. The minutes of the hearings were reprinted in 43 volumes consisting of 26,189 pages.

White House (Presidential) Documents

Memorandum for FDR on Naval Enlistments for “Two Ocean Navy” (December 1940) (533 kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on PT Boat Employment (7 January 1941) (411 kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on PT Boat Employment (16 January 1941) (367 kb PDF)

Memorandum to FDR listing ground forces equipment for 1942 and 1943 Programs (Unknown Date) (40 kb PDF)

Memorandum to FDR regarding Naval Shipbuilding Program (11 December 1941) (904 kb PDF)

Characteristics of Ships in the 1,799 Vessel Program (24 January 1942) (81~ kb PDF)

Basis for preparation of attached outlined plan for Invasion of Western Europe (“Marshall Memorandum”) (1 April 1942) (1.9 MB PDF)

Memo to FDR on 1943/1944 Combatant Program (May 1942) (418~ kb PDF)

Memo to FDR on the Doolittle Raid (3 May 1942) (PDF)

Memo to FDR on Landing Craft for BOLERO (14 May 1942) (PDF)

FDR Memorandum to SecTreas on Counterfeiting Japanese Money (19 May 1942) (PDF)

Mass Production of XCV's and Corvettes (17 June 1942) (582~ kb PDF)

Instructions [from FDR] to Marshall/King/Hopkins for London Conference (15 July 1942) (340~ kb PDF)

Memorandum to FDR on Combatants (20 July 1942) (774~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on CV-E's (Midway CVB's) (1 August 1942) (876~ kb PDF)

Memo to FDR on the Navy Shipbuilding Program (1 August 1942) (925~ kb PDF)

Memo to SecNav from FDR on Navy Shipbuilding Program (12 August 1942) (997~ kb PDF)

Memorandum Chain to/from FDR on DD v. CL (August – October 1942) (1.34 MB PDF)

“V” Boat Cargo Sub Conversion Memorandum (24 October 1942) (796~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on 1942 Draft Increase (2 September 1942) (601~ kb PDF)

FDR Memorandum Chain on Ship Tonnage Growth (September 1942) (941~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on Carrier Priority (16 September 1942) (590~ kb PDF)

Memorandum to FDR on Airpower from Hap Arnold (Partial Transcription) (3 October 1942) (4.02~ MB PDF – Full Document)

Submarine Tankers (30 November 1942) (571~ kb PDF)

Multi-Month Memorandum Chain on Midways to FDR (December 1942) (5.24 MB PDF)

Midway CVB's Approved (29 December 1942) (142~ kb PDF)

1943 USN Aircraft Program (May 1943) (1.17~ MB PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on Reduction in Army strength in 1943 (17 June 1943) (759~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on CVL Awarding (2 September 1943) (187~ kb PDF)

Italian Gas Warfare Use Declaration by FDR / Churchill (7 September 1943) (663~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on DE Cancellations (9 September 1943) (195~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on DE Cancellations (21 September 1943) (195~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on Floatplane DD Removal (22 September 1943) (359~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on PC / PCE Cancellations (2 October 1943) (264~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on PT Boat Construction (5 November 1943) (92 kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on CVE Approval (17 December 1943) (150 kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on Division locations during OVERLORD (16 February 1944) (561~ kb PDF)

LTG Saito's last message to Japanese officers and men defending Saipan (Transl.) (14 July 1944) (1.93 MB PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on PCE(R) Cancellations (22 February 1944) (177~ kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on Naming of DD-742 Frank Knox (6 May 1944) (153 kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on CVB Names (June 1944) (1.84 MB PDF)

Memorandum to FDR on SS Cancellations (11 July 1944) (165 kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on CVB Names (31 August 1944) (249 kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on CL Cancellations (September 1944) (273 kb PDF)

Memorandum for FDR on PT Boat Production (18 September 1944) (159~ kb PDF)

Memo Chain to FDR on 8 x CVE for Replacements (Dec 1944 to Jan 1945) (995~ kb PDF)

1945 Combatant Program Letter Chain (8 January 1945) (398 kb PDF)

Memo to SecNav re: Medal of Honor Presentations (15 January 1945) (119 kb PDF)

FDR/King/Marshall Letters on Manpower (17 January 1945) (PNG)

White House Meeting (Invasion of Japan), Initial Draft (Copy A) (18 June 1945) (PDF)
White House Meeting (Invasion of Japan), Marked up Revision (Copy B) (18 June 1945) (PDF)
White House Meeting (Invasion of Japan), Final JCS Version (18 June 1945) (PDF)

U.S. Office of Strategic Services

Opium – A Japanese technique of occupation (1945) (9.8 MB PDF)

U.S./U.K. Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS)

CCS 691: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (18 September 1944) (700 KB PDF)
CCS 691/2: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (29 March 1945) (367 KB PDF)
CCS 691/3: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (2 May 1945) (942 KB PDF)
CCS 691/5: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (5 June 1945) (336 KB PDF)
CCS 691/6: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (4 July 1945) (622 KB PDF)
CCS 691/7: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (9 July 1945) (295 KB PDF)

U.S. Joint Logistics Plans Committee (JLPC)

JPLC 31/18: Comparative Logistical Efficiency of Bombing Type Airplanes (11 August 1945) (6.4 MB PDF)

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)

JCS 290/1 Conduct of the War in 1943-44 (8 May 1943) (600 KB PDF)
JCS 304 Operations in the Pacific and Far East in 1943-44 (12 May 1943) (4.89 MB PDF)
JCS 311 Mobility and Utilization of Amphibious Assault Craft (15 May 1943) (4 MB PDF)
JCS 742/6: VLR Bombers in the War Against Japan – EXCERPT (6 April 1944) (705 KB PDF)
JCS 742/12: Directive on the Establishment of U.S. Army Strategic Air Forces (USASTAF) (11 July 1945) (1.25 MB PDF)
JCS 1120: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (19 October 1944) (2~ MB PDF)
JCS 1120/1: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (30 May 1945) (4.15 MB PDF)
JCS 1120/2: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (10 July 1945) (500~ KB PDF)
JCS 1120/3: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (13 July 1945) (950~ KB PDF)
JCS 1120/4: British Participation in VLR Bombing of Japan (4 August 1945) (3~ MB PDF)
JCS 1388/4: Details of the Campaign against Japan (11 July 1945) (16.6 MB PDF)
JCS 1424: British Participation in the War Against Japan (16 July 1945) (768 KB PDF)
JCS 1455: Requirements for Land-Based and Carrier-Based Aircraft to Accomplish the Defeat of Japan (9 August 1945) (15.7 MB PDF)

U.S./U.K. Joint War Plans Committee (JWPC)

JWPC 10/1 Global Estimate of the Situation 1943-44 (5 May 1943) (3.2 MB PDF)
JWPC 388/1 Employment of Airborne Units in Operations against Japan (13 July 1945) (1.5 MB PDF)

U.S. War Department General Board

Study Number 17: Types of Divisions - Post-War Army (1945ish) (3~ MB)

U.S. War Department Information Bulletins

No. 4 – MID 461: Employment of German Antitank Regiment on Non-Tank Missions (26 December 1941) (200~ kb PDF)

U.S. War Department Miscellaneous Memorandums

Aircraft Obsolescence and Attrition Rates of Postwar Air Force (2 August 1944)
Memorandum on A-26 Conversion (26 November 1944)
Second Set of Memorandums on A-26 Conversions (26 November 1944) (1 MB)

U.S. War Department – Manhattan Engineer District

Notes on Initial Meeting of Target Committee (27 April 1945)
Notes on Second Series of Target Committee Meetings (12 May 1945)
Notes on Third Target Committee Meeting (28 May 1945)
Memo to XXI Bomber Command on 509th Composite Group's Special Functions (29 May 1945)
Coded Message to Secretary of War regarding TRINITY (17 July 1945)
Directives issued to Theater Commanders regarding Special Bomb use (24 July 1945)
Memorandum for GEN Arnold regarding A-Bomb Attacks (24 July 1945)
Memorandum to Chief of Staff from GEN Groves (30 July 1945)
Letter from Norman Ramsey to Oppenheimer (August 1945)

Delay of Hiroshima Bombing (3 August 1945)
Delay of Hiroshima Bombing (4 August 1945)
Groves Memorandum on Hiroshima Bombing to JCS (6 August 1945)
Telephone conversation between GEN Hull and COL Seaman regarding A-Bomb use in OLYMPIC (13 August 1945)
Telephone conversation between GEN Groves and LCOL Rea (25 August 1945)
History of Project A by N.F. Ramsey (27 September 1945)

U.S. War Department – Ordnance Manuals

Recoilless Weapons (February 1945) (1.38 MB PDF)
Mobile Artillery vs. Jap Fortifications (May 1945) (2.18 MB PDF)

U.S. Navy Department

Attache's Report – Japanese Capital Shipbuilding Program (11 October 1939) (PDF)

“Plan Dog” Memorandum from CNO Stark to SECNAV (12 November 1940) (4.5~ MB PDF)

New Battleships (BB67-71) – Characteristics (16 May 1942) (PDF)

Rumors Concerning 2200 Ton Destroyers (October 1944) (PDF)

Letter of Appreciation from USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) to LCI-337 (25 November 1944) (PDF)

Presidential Unit Citation Letter for USS Santee (PDF)

Captain’s Shakedown Cruise Letter, DD-686 Picking (7 October 1943) (PDF)

U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey

Munitions Division, Motor Vehicles and Tanks Branch Plant Report #11, Bussig-NAG, Brunswick, Germany (44 MB PDF)
Light Metals Plant Report #4, Gebruder Giulini GmbH, Ludiwgshafen-am-Rhein, Germany (7.35 MB PDF)
Aircraft Division, Airframes Plant Report #5: Focke-Wulf Complex, Bremen, Germany

U.S. YANK Magazine Excerpted Articles

Bridge Busters (9 March 1945) (6.3 MB PDF)
Casualty Figures (9 March 1945) (2.3 MB JPG) ← Last specific casualty figures published in YANK during the war.
The Soldier Speaks: Which was the greater menace to our country and our values: Germany or Japan? (9 MAR 45) (2.6 MB JPG)
Redeployment (1 June 1945) (3.4 MB PDF)
How Long Must We Fight The Jap War? (8 June 1945) (7.9 MB PDF)
Pacific Combat (15 June 1945) (8.7 MB PDF)
News from Home (15 June 1945) (2.3 MB JPG)
Serving the Emperor (6 July 1945) (4.5 MB JPG)
Basic Training Today (13 July 1945) (4.5 MB JPG)
Tinian Experiment (3 August 1945) (4.4 MB PDF)
That Pacific War (10 August 1945) (7.9 MB PDF)
Navy Notes (17 August 1945) (4.1 MB JPG) (Has Navy Points System)

U.S. Manufacturers

North American Memo on P-51 Production (2 February 1942) (755~ kb PDF)
Grumman Memo on a lightweight carrier fighter (F8F) (28 July 1943)

Miscellaneous

WWII is officially named by the United States; September 11, 1945
Engineer Estimating Data - Office of the Chief Engineer, GHQ SWPA – 1 June 1945

Nazi Germany – HFFH (HIMMLER'S FILES FROM HALLEIN)

HFFH – 38 Page Index: This file contains an index of the documents found in a salt mine near Hallein by U.S. Army troops, plus some transcriptions of interesting enough documents found in the trove. (5.1 MB PDF)

HFFH – Nazis Plan Russia's Future (16 July 1941)

Nazi Germany – Führer-Directives

FD 01 – Case White (Poland)
FD 16 - Operation Sea Lion (July 16)
FD 17 - Battle of Britain (August 1)
FD 18 - Felix (November 12)
FD 19 - Attila (December 10)
FD 20 - Marita (December 13)
FD 21 – Barbarossa (December 18) (alternate version)
FD 28 - Mercury
FD 29
FD 32
FD 32a
FD 40 (Transcribed by Patrick Clancey)
FD 42
FD 51 (Transcribed by Patrick Clancey)

NOTE: Führer Directive 51 (or 52) was the last official directive released. From thence on, all orders promulgated by Hitler would be Führer Orders.

Nazi Germany – Führer-Orders

FO 74 - Order of the Day 15th April 1945

Nazi Germany – Operational Orders

Op Order No.8 - Instructions for the further conduct of operations by Army Group Center
Hitler assumes command of the Wehrmacht, 1938
Hitler's explanation to Mussolini as to the Soviet Invasion; June 21, 1941