Saturday, April 26, 2014

            (Click on the book title:)    CHILD OF THE GREATEST GENERATION   on the American Legion reading list  and is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites.


POSTERS OF THE WORLD WAR II ERA


I remember seeing the posters promoting citizen participation on the home front during WWII.
These posters encouraged the greater public to become involved in war production and growing victory gardens. They persuaded folks to collect and turn in old newspapers and metal, including nylon stockings for recycling.

There were posters to make citizens aware of the presence of enemy spies among the populace, and urged people not to openly discuss any knowledge they have of military or defense operations. Hence, the adage, loose lips sink ships.
  
Posters encouraged people to drive less and conserve gasoline so that more could be available for the military. Patriotism became the central theme of advertising throughout the war. Large-scale campaigns were launched to sell war bonds, promote efficiency in factories, and maintain civilian morale.  




AUGUST TIME-LINE EVENTS: 



1939, Aug 23: Nazi Germany and Soviet Union sign non-aggression pact. [ About the Pact]
1940,  Aug 17: Germany  blockades  British waters and begins bombing England.
 1941  Aug 9: FDR and Churchill secretly form the Atlantic Charter. [About the Charter]
1942  U.S. Marines invade Guadalcanal. [ History link ]
1942  Aug 23 Battle of Stalingrad [ Link to article ]

1944:  Aug 25 Paris is liberated after four years of German occupation. [Rest of the Story ]
1945:  Aug 6--atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and on Nagasaki on Aug. 9
1945  Japan surrenders, ending WWII

 

A TRIBUTE TOThe Saluting Boy On Omaha Beach (2014)

WW2 AIRCRAFT NOSE ART : (See note below pertaining to "Pop ups and ads ) Enjoy the Big Band sound along with the visual. [ CLICK HERE TO VIEW ]

Popular WW2 era songs : Note: "Pop ups" for ads or programs may appear from this link. They may be deleted or ignored. You need not download a program to watch or listen to the video. There may be a very short video ad that will appear first.

I'll Be Seeing Your { Click } and listen to Jo Stafford sing about a loved one gone to war.

Boogie Woogie Bugal Boy   {Click to listen Now }

Coming in on a wing and a Prayer { Listen Now }


SELECTED SITES OF INTEREST:

 L C. Herst gallery of fine art  [Click here]

The Smart Site for Kittens  [Click here]

WWII memoir t-shirts [ Click here ]


 U.S. and Southwest History [ Click hereYou need not sign up with Facebook to read the posts

THE BOOK SHELF:


 Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield Apr 21, 2015  [Click here for book's description ]






Writing from England in the midst of the London blitz, North Africa, and Italy, Steinbeck focuses on the people as opposed to the battles, portraying everyone from the guys in the bomber crew to Bob Hope on his USO tour. He eats and drinks with soldiers behind enemy lines, talks with them, and fights beside them. First published in book form in 1958, these writings, now with a new introduction by Mark Bowden, create an unforgettable portrait of life in wartime that continues to resonate with truth and humanity.  A Steinbeck Classic:  { Once There Was A War } Click on title inside the brackets to purchase.





Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory : Click in the book's title at the left for detailed description 




Strictly G.I.: The WWII Letters of Cpl.wanda M. Renn-- a view of WWII enlisted life from the WAC perspective  Click on title for book complete book description.





Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II  [ Click for book sale ] and for additional information.






Here Is Your War: Story of G.I. Joe by Ernie Pyle  [ Click for book ] description





The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who His Side { Click here } For book description.



Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse [ Click ] in the brackets for book description.


 CD'S AND VIDEOS




Songs That Got Us Through WWII  on CD [Click here ]  for CD details