Ulster enabled us to keep our Atlantic life-line open, and saved Ireland from becoming a battleground in which many powerful forces might have been involved. A strong, loyal Ulster will always be vital to the security and well-being of our whole Empire and Commonwealth. Linked with us, Ulster must also share in the happier days to come, when the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will renew its strength in peace and honour.”
Letter from Sir Winston Churchill to Sir Basil Brooke – June 1945.
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 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 officially arrived in Northern Ireland in 1942. Private Milburn H Henke set foot on Dufferin Dock, Belfast on 26th January and the story began.
Members of ANZAC forces from Australia and New Zealand served throughout Northern Ireland during World War Two particularly alongside the Royal Air Force.
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.
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.
County Tyrone in the province of Ulster is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. It covers an area of around 3,155 square kilometres.