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9WW - Battles Through History: Home

Explore information resources focused on battles both new and old throughout history

Featured information books

Oliver catalogue

There will be information books on battles in the 355 section - Military Science as well as in the history section of the country in which they were fought:

  • 930 - Ancient history
  • 940 - European history
  • 950 - Asia history
  • 960 - Africa history
  • 970 - American history
  • 990 - Australia history

Use general search terms to find more information books:

Online encyclopaedias

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and correct information. Search by your battle e.g. Battles of Lexington and Concord.

  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
  • Size your font up or down
  • Ready-made citation

Suggested articles include:

Online databases:

A online collection of magazine and newspaper articles as well as interview transcripts, images and videos. You can sort your results by publication, full text versions and even date. Online databases are available through the portal and many require specific login details. There is a read aloud facility so you could read along with the audio.

Some suggestions include:

Crags of Tumbledown Thirty-three years ago this spring Argentina and Britain waged war over a contested patch of tundra in the bitter South Atlantic -- and many still wonder why.
Battle for New Guinea 'War at the End of the World' recounts the battle for New Guinea – a vital yet overlooked World War II story.
On the Little Bighorn The article discusses the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 and the actions of U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer, including the Sioux refusal to leave land in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the attack by Custer and his 7th Cavalry on a gathering of Sioux and Cheyenne people, and the response from the U.S. Army.

News Archives

There is a range of digitised newspapers available online. There is no better way to connect with the impact of war than to read beyond the news of the day. Look at the images and the persuasive use of language. Don't just read the articles but browse through the more personal reflections such as letters to the editor, poems etc.

Suggested sites include:

Geography of Violence - Interactive Map

A new ‘geography of violence’ map reveals where in the world major battles in the past 4,000 years have taken place. The interactive journey through 'every battle' has been created not from historical records but from entries to Wikipedia. It was created by a Dutch company LAB1100, a research and development firm established by Pim van Bree and Geert Kessels.

There are many timelines that focus on the history of war if you are still unsure which conflict you will explore. Suggestions include"

Featured information books for specific battles

Reference Generator

It is always important to show your teacher you have used a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources provided on this page would look like:

Cline, EH 2017, 'Megiddo, Battle of' , World Book Student, World Book, Chicago, viewed 24 November 2017,

Messenger, C 2008, Wars that changed the world, Quercus  , London.

Saul, D (ed.) 2015, The encyclopedia of war : from ancient Egypt to Iraq  , DK, London.