World War II D-Day Accounts from the Cornelius Ryan Collection

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This collection features materials from Ohio University Libraries' Cornelius Ryan Collection of World War II Papers. Gathered as part of Ryan's research process while writing his book, The Longest Day, the accounts include questionnaires, interviews, and correspondence with soldiers who participated in the events surrounding D-Day.

These materials were digitized by request of the Canadian Research and Mapping Association (CRMA) in support of Project ’44, an interactive web map that allows users to explore WWII through digitally preserved maps, aerial imagery and war diaries. The CRMA and Ohio University Libraries have partnered to further enhance the use and discoverability of these primary sources by promoting volunteer transcription. Read more about the CRMA-OHIO WWII Transcription Project.

This project was previously limited to Canadian D-Day accounts but has been expanded to include the experiences of British and American veterans. New documents will be added regularly as digitization is ongoing.

Sensitive Content Warning: The Cornelius Ryan Collection of World War II Papers contains first-hand accounts of those who witnessed and experienced violent, traumatic events. Their stories, writings, and images convey the physical and emotional effects of war, and describe graphic scenes of battle in which many lives were lost.

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 006, folder 42: Jesse Llewellyn Newcomb, Jr.

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 006, folder 42: Jesse Llewellyn Newcomb, Jr.

5 pages: 20% complete (100% corrected, 80% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 006, folder 45: John Polyniak

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 006, folder 45: John Polyniak

6 pages: 33% complete (100% corrected, 67% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 006, folder 46: William C. Purnell

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 006, folder 46: William C. Purnell

11 pages: 27% complete (100% corrected, 73% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 02: Charles Debolt  Reed

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 02: Charles Debolt Reed

7 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 04: William H. Sands

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 04: William H. Sands

5 pages: 20% complete (100% corrected, 80% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 05: Elmer G. Shindle

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 05: Elmer G. Shindle

6 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 06: David E. Silva

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 06: David E. Silva

10 pages: 10% complete (100% corrected, 90% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 07: Francis L. Simeone

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 07: Francis L. Simeone

8 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 09: Eugene Nelson Slappey

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 09: Eugene Nelson Slappey

5 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 10: Carroll Brice Smith

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 10: Carroll Brice Smith

11 pages: 9% complete (100% corrected, 91% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 11: Wilbert Leroy Smith

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 11: Wilbert Leroy Smith

6 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 12: Arthur Dewey Spitzer

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 12: Arthur Dewey Spitzer

4 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 13: Roy Otey Stevens

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 13: Roy Otey Stevens

6 pages: 33% complete (100% corrected, 67% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 14: J. Elmore Swenson

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 14: J. Elmore Swenson

9 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 15: Raymond R. Volponi

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 15: Raymond R. Volponi

9 pages: 33% complete (100% corrected, 67% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 16: Charles Russell Ward

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 16: Charles Russell Ward

5 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 18: Woodrow J. Welsch

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 18: Woodrow J. Welsch

7 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 19: John F.  White

Cornelius Ryan WWII papers, box 007, folder 19: John F. White

6 pages: 33% complete (100% corrected, 67% needs review)
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