London and Northern Ireland Military Newspaper Editions from World War II to Debut On Stars and Stripes' Online Archive

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The Stars and Stripes digital archive will release the first of its long-awaited WWII editions on June 6. Africa and Mediterranean editions will be released in September and by year-end all of its WWII content is expected to be online.

Stars and Stripes first World War II edition. London, April 18, 1942

Stars and Stripes first World War II edition. London, April 18, 1942

Stars and Stripes military newspaper editions from World War II make their debut online in searchable PDF form.

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

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, 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.

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