Wartime Co. Antrim

During the Second World War, Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland hosted RAF and USAAF airfields, evacuee camps, and bases and training grounds for American GIs.

Co. Antrim

United Kingdom

County Antrim in the province of Ulster is one of the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. It covers an area of 3,046 square kilometres and has a population of about 618,000.

It shares borders with Co. Down to the south and Co. Londonderry to the west. On its south-western side is the Lough Neagh.

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

Australian War Memorial Photo: P00687.831. Pilot Officer Cyril Hampden Isaacs sits in the Wishing Chair at the Giant's Causeway, one of Northern Ireland's most famous visitor attractions in August 1945. Copyright Cyril Hampden Isaac.


The county boasts spectacular landscapes such as the isolated and rugged Glens of Antrim. The north coast also features the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Giants Causeway, and the nearby Bushmills Distillery.

Most of Northern Ireland’s capital city Belfast lies within the county borders.


The county takes its name from the old town name of Aontroim, the Irish word for a lone ridge.

Places of Interest

The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.

Map showing World War Two in Ballymena, Co. Antrim

World War Two in Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Co. Antrim

From the start of World War Two, Ballymena, Co. Antrim was home to British troops. The town remained a military centre until 1945 when the Belgians arrived.

Map showing Belfast, Co. Antrim

Belfast, Co. Antrim

Co. Antrim

Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland. The town developed as a port and gained city status in 1888 due to its industry and manufacturing.

Map showing Second World War in Dunmurry, Co. Antrim

Second World War in Dunmurry, Co. Antrim

Co. Antrim

The period after the Second World War brought change to Dunmurry, Co. Antrim. In wartime, it provided a base for troops and a refuge for Blitz evacuees.

Map showing World War Two in Finaghy, Co. Antrim

World War Two in Finaghy, Co. Antrim

Co. Antrim

World War Two in Finaghy, Co. Antrim saw the arrival of troops from Britain and the United States of America as well as German POWs at Taughmonagh.