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.


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.  


1942:  Feb 1: Nazis begin deportation of Jews from Western Europe for extermination.

1942: Feb 15 - Singapore surrenders to the Japanese

1942: Feb 19: Roosevelt authorizes internment of Japanese Americans  [ Click Here] for more information.

1942:  Feb 27: Allied naval forces heavily damaged in Battle of the Java Sea. [CLICK HERE] for more.

1943: Feb 2: The last German forces in Stalingrad surrender

1943: Feb 14: U.S. and German forces begin the Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia [CLICK ]

1943: Feb 18: Construction uranium enrichment plant begins at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

1944: Feb 22: U.S. Fifth Army lands at Anzio  [CLICK TO READ MORE]

1945:  Feb 4: Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin meet at Yalta [[POST WAR PLANS]

1945: Feb 13 - The Russians occupy Budapest, Hungary. Dresden bombed.

1945: Feb 19 - The Marines begin amphibious assault on Iwo Jima [ CLICK TO READ MORE]

RADIO SHOWS (Homes had no TV in the 40's--the radio was the entertainment center.)

Death Valley Days    [ CLICK TO LISTEN ]       

Radio New Broadcasted in 1943--Listen to the history [ CLICK FOR ARCHIVE, THEN SELECT PROGRAM]

Lux Radio Theatre   [ CLICK TO LISTEN ] 

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.

Shoo-Shoo Baby, Andrew sisters  [ Listen and watch the 40's swing ]

I'll be seeing you, Bing Crosby  [ Listen to Bing sing ]

Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week - Frank Sinatra   [ TUNE IN
Don't Fence Me In     [ Sung by Roy Rogers ]

Trolley Song -- A film strip featuring Judy Garland. [Clang-Clang went the trolley...

Popular movies of the period:

Battle of Midway 1942,  Casablanca 1942,  Since You Went Away (1944) An home front story. 
Forever and a Day 
1943; Madam Curie, (1943), 
 For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943),

Life Boat (1944),  National Velvet (1944),
Cabin in the Sky (1943) first general release of an all-star, all-black musical, taken directly from its original Broadway production.

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 ]


 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


A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge Paperback – March 19, 1997  by Charles B. MacDonald

Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge Hardcover – November 3, 2015 by Antony Beevor

                    IN A RAGING INFERNO: Combat Units of the Hitler Youth 1944-45




                        Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler's shadow by Susan Bartoleti



May 15, 1999
by Ann L Cooper and Ann L. Cooper   [LINK TO BOOK'S DESCRIPTION]

Oct 11, 2009
by Wanda Langley   For more information [CLICK HERE]

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Paperback  by Erik Larson, May 1, 2012    [CLICK]  FOR BOOK DESCRIPTION


                    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.


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