Find out stories from World War Two Northern Ireland. Discover people who fought, and died during the war and visit places of interest without leaving home.
Imperial War Museum Photo: H 25074 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). Personnel of a Home Guard Motor Transport Company in Ulster pictured in an army lorry. Members of this company did some of their training with the Royal Army Service Corps in Northern Ireland.
Lieutenant Bainbridge – War Office Official Photographer.
World War Two Northern Ireland records the stories from 1939-1945 in a part of the United Kingdom often overlooked. Since 2014, we have researched the stories, people, and places of the province during the war. Some stories you will know. The Battle of the Atlantic, the arrival of American GIs, and the Belfast Blitz are common tales. We hope you find out much more of this part of the country’s history and join us in remembering tumultuous times in Northern Ireland.
The Ulster Grand Prix began in 1922 on a circuit near RAF Aldergrove. Races in the years before and after World War Two were greatly different than today.— Everyday Life —
The Auxiliary Fire Service formed across the UK in 1938 as a response to the threat from the Luftwaffe. The AFS was invaluable to Belfast in the 1941 blitz.— Everyday Life —
By 1942, America had joined World War Two and those men based in Northern Ireland brought some home comforts including the national past time of baseball.— American GIs —
Sergeant Andrew Leslie McConnell from Ballymoney, Co. Antrim served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was killed during a Berlin raid in 1944.
Private John Johnston of Belfast, Co. Antrim left behind a wife named Mary and a young daughter Sadie when he was killed on service in Berlin, Germany.
Sergeant Robert McKeag from Belfast, Co. Antrim flew with the Royal Air Force 50 Squadron. He lost his life in the skies over Berlin on 4th September 1943.
Planned by Karl Bonatz and Albert Speer in 1942, The Bunker in Berlin was built as an air raid shelter and has had a long and varied history until today.— Berlin 2017 —
Today, not much remains to suggest that Orangefield Park was once a hive of wartime activity. The US Army was based here and the land also held German POWs.— American GIs —
Ormeau Park is the oldest municipal park in Belfast. Opened in 1871, it became a hive of activity when the US military took over between 1942 and 1943.— American GIs —