Northern Ireland during the Second World War
WartimeNI tells the story of those who lived, fought, and died in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. Many men and women from Ulster served abroad but many American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Polish, and Belgian troops called the province home for a while between 1939 and 1945.
The Polish Airmen in Northern Ireland
The Polish Airmen who served with the Royal Air Force during World War Two were some of the most fearless and talented men to take to the skies over Europe.
American GIs in Northern Ireland
American GIs officially arrived in Northern Ireland in 1942. Private Milburn H Henke set foot on Dufferin Dock, Belfast on 26th January and the story began.
Since 2014, WartimeNI has researched the stories, people, and places in 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 WW2 Northern Ireland.
Visit Northern Ireland
Explore the historic six counties of Northern Ireland, learn about the troops based throughout the province and discover what life was like throughout Ulster in World War Two.
During World War Two, Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland played host to RAF and USAAF airfields, evacuee camps, and bases and training grounds for American GIs.
Co. Armagh was a hive of activity in the Second World War. Thousands of American GIs passed through the Orchard County from bases such as Brownlow House.
Every branch of the military saw action in Co. Down during the Second World War from US Forces and General Eisenhower in Bangor to the RAF at Ballyhalbert.
County Fermanagh in the province of Ulster is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. It covers an area of around 1,691 square kilometres.
County Londonderry in the province of Ulster is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. It covers an area of 2,074 square kilometres.