UPDATE: You’ll find an amazing interactive Return to Normandy presentation at the Stars and Stripes web site.
Stars and Stripes first launched its digital archive in 2008 with over 1.0 million newspaper pages spanning 1948 through 1999. Fittingly, the World War II editions will begin to become available on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Originally established in London in 1942 for American military service members, the newspaper staff arrived on the Normandy beaches as part of the D-Day landing. Beginning June 6, editions from London (1942-1945) and Northern Ireland (1943-1945) will be available at Stars and Stripes Newspaper Archives, created in partnership with NewspaperArchive.com.
The newspaper followed the Allies’ success up from Africa and across Europe into Germany, where its European headquarters is now in Kaiserslautern. Over 30 different editions were produced during the World War II. The Africa and Mediterranean editions (including the invasion of Italy) are planned for release in September 2014, followed by the editions through the end of the war, which are expected to release in December, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.
Stars and Stripes has published a newspaper for the American military community stationed in Europe — without interruption — since 1942. Today content may also be found on its premier website, stripes.com. A special multimedia section “Return to Normandy” is now available to pay tribute to the many sacrifices made in the course of that 50-mile-long coastal assault designed to drive the Nazis out of France and back to Germany.
They expect to have all the WWII content online by the end of the year.
Thanks to Tara Calishain at ResearchBuzz for passing this on.