From HMS Victory to Pearl Harbor: How to explore wartime sites using Google

Discover some of the most famous military and naval locations in the world – all from the comfort of your sofa.

Google has a great number of resources that allow you to freely explore unmissable sites all over the world.

If you haven’t used Street View before, it’s a 360-degree viewing experience that you can use on the internet – we’ve got a guide for beginners if you need some help to get started.

[Read more: 7 great tips and tricks for getting more out of Google Maps]

Google Maps also has a satellite and earth function which allows you to see from above. You can check out everything from the Arabian Desert to the Galapagos Islands, but there are also some amazing historic sites to be seen as well.

We’ve got a round-up of the best wartime, military and naval locations below. Just click on their names to have a look for yourself!

HMS Ocelot, Kent

HMS Ocelot

HMS Ocelot was a submarine operated by the Royal Navy until 1991. She currently sits in Chatham Dockyard in Kent and can be viewed from inside and out.

Click here to have a look.

La Pointe du Hoc, France

This cliff played an important part in World War II, as the highest point between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east. You can see the site from above using Google Maps’ satellite view or wander around using Street View.

Click here to have a look.

Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey

Brookwood Cemetary

One of several war memorials around the UK that can be viewed, Brookwood Cemetery was opened in 1854. At 400 acres, it is the largest cemetery in Western Europe.

Click here to have a look.

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Pearl Harbour

It is 74 years since Japan’s military strike on Pearl Harbor – and you can now see it from the skies of Google Maps. 

Click here to have a look.

HMS Victory, Portsmouth

HMS Victory

You may not be able to see inside like HMS Ocelot, but you can still get a good view of the ship from where it currently sits in Portsmouth.

Click here to have a look.

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Sommepy-Tahure, France

Sammerpy Tahure

You can see many areas where trenches once stood around France, like this one in Sommepy-Tahure.

Click here to have a look.

HMS Belfast, London

HMS Belfast

A museum ship that was originally a Royal Navy light cruiser, you can get a good look of HMS Belfast on Street View from along the south bank of the Thames.

Click here to have a look.

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