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Researching Relatives Who Fought in the War

Q. My Grandfather/Father/Uncle* fought in Normandy/Phillipines/Italy/Ulan Bator** with the 542nd/51st/12th** where do I find information about him and his unit?

A. If they died in action then sites such as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will allow you to search their records.

The Military Indexes web site has many useful links for research.

*Delete as appropriate  **or something similar



Q. What does the D in D-Day stand for?

A. "Day" - (in the same way as the H in H-Hour stands for Hour).
In military terms when an operation is planned the days leading up to the day of execution of a plan are labelled as, for example, D-10, D-9, D-8, D-7 and so on, meaning "Day Minus 10, Day Minus 9" etc. right up to D-Day itself. Similarly the days after an operation are labelled as D+1, D+2, D+3 etc. This system is used for two main reasons, one it helps to keep the actual planned date of an operation secret, and secondly that date can be changed without having to re-issue all the associated plans. In the same way in military planning, the hours leading up to and following an operation are labelled, H-4, H-3, H-2, H-1, H-Hour, H+1, H+2, and so on.

Thus the "D" in D-Day stands for "Day" despite it looking strange, and the H in H-Hour stands for "Hour". So you will see that there have actualy been many D-Days in military history - it's just because this one was so special it has retained its label.


Hitler's Nickname

Q. Did Adolf Hitler have a nickname?

A. In some circles he was known as the "Teppichfresser" or "Carpet-Chewer" because of his tendency in later years to fly into an uncontrollable rage and have a good bite of the nearest carpet (obviously I doubt if they called him that to his face).



Q. I have some item of WWII memorabilia - how much is it worth?

Please do not email me asking how much something is worth because I really have no idea.


Hitler's Dog

Q. What was the name of Hitler's Pet Dog?

A. Hitler's pet German Shepherd was called "Blondie"



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