The team behind The American Soldier in World War II is delighted to announce the December 7, 2021, launch of its open-access website.

During World War II, the US Army administered more than 200 surveys to over half a million American troops to discover what they thought and how they felt about the conflict and their military service. The surviving collection of studies is now accessible to the public for the first time at The American Soldier in World War II.

Browse and search over 65,000 pages of uncensored, open-ended responses handwritten by service members, view and download survey data and original analyses, read topical essays by leading historians, and access additional learning resources.

 Six years in the making, the website offers the most comprehensive portrait of Americans who served in the war. Topics covered by the army’s troop surveys include leave policies, food preferences, radio listening habits, combat experiences, racial views, mental and physical health, postwar plans, and many others.

Based at Virginia Tech and directed by Virginia Tech assistant professor of history Edward J.K. Gitre, the website was produced by a transdisciplinary team of scholars, digital humanists, librarians, archivists, and students. To bring these unique documents to scholars and the public, nearly 7,200 citizen-archivists submitted a combined quarter-million transcriptions and annotations in a little over two years.

The American Soldier in World War II has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom and has received additional support, resources, and cooperation from, National Archives and Records Administration, University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute, Social Science Research Council, and George C. Marshall Research Library.

Contact Information:
The American Soldier in World War II Project
Edward J.K. Gitre, director
Virginia Tech Dept. of History
407 Major Williams Hall (0117)
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone (540) 231-8372
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