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Government Documents - Military and Veterans Agencies: Department of Defense

War Department, Navy Department, Army, Department of Defense, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Military Establishment, Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies

About DoD

The War Department was one of the first federal government agencies, dating back to 1789. Following World War II, the National Military Establishment (NME) was created in 1947. It included the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the newly-established Department of the Air Force. The Department of Defense (DoD) came into existence in 1949 and succeeded the NME.

Government Documents holds an extensive collection of War Department, NME, and DoD publications, including the following titles:

Most pre-1900 War Department and Navy documents, including the Annual report of the Secretary of War, are available in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (UHM login required).

Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche setDoD directives covering 1954 to present are available online and other publications for the years 1953-1980 are available on microcards. Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.

We have thousands of Congressional hearings, prints, and documents about every aspect of the military. Search for these in ProQuest Congressional (UHM login required). We also have a variety of general publications, pamphlets, and other War Deptartment and DoD materials.

Internet resources

Gigantic soldier standing at a supply depot

The supply front

Drawing of a minute man

For victory, buy United States war bonds and stamps

Insignia of the Allied Expeditionary Force

Report by the Supreme Commander to the Combined Chiefs of Staff on the Operations in Europe of the Allied Expeditionary Force

Video: World War II-Era Documents

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