Can you search WW2 military records?
Types of Military Records You can find veterans’ military service records from World War I to the present from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). The NPRC houses many types of records, including Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF).
How can I find my father’s war records?
Other ways to find service records
- the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
- the Armed Forces Memorial roll of honour.
- the National Archives.
How do I find someone’s war record?
Visit the GOV.UK website for information about how to request a summary of a service record from the Ministry of Defence (MOD). These are available to next of kin and members of the general public on request to the MOD, provided the subject is no longer living. An administrative fee applies.
How many South Africans died in WW2?
About 334,000 men volunteered for full-time service in the South African Army during the war (including some 211,000 white, 77,000 black and 46,000 coloured and Indian servicemen). The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has records of 11,023 known South Africans who died during World War II.
What kind of Records does the South African Defence Force have?
Personnel records consisting of service cards, personal, officer’s and medical files  Personnel records consisting of service cards, personal and officer’s files Union and South African Defence Force Orders (1914 – 1990)  Only the person entitled to the medal can claim the medal, unless he died during WWII and, the medals were never issued.
What was the size of the South African Army in 1939?
With the declaration of war in September 1939, the South African Army numbered only 5,353 regulars, with an additional 14,631 men of the Active Citizen Force (ACF) which gave peace time training to volunteers and in time of war would form the main body of the army.
Did South Africa fight in WW2?
During World War II, many South Africans saw military service. The Union of South Africa participated with other British Commonwealth forces in battles in North Africa against Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Korps, and many South African pilots joined the Royal Air Force and fought against the Axis powers in the European theatre .