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.  
Long Lost WWII Love Letters

MARCH TIME-LINE EVENTS: 
1939
March 14:Germany invades Czechoslovakia. [ Link to the story ]
1941
March 1: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease bill
March 18: Mussolini and Hitler announce their alliance against England and France.1943
March 2-3:  Battle of the Bismarck Sea
March 16-20: Battle of Atlantic climaxes with 27 merchant ships sunk by German U-boats.
                     [ Link to more about the Battle of the Atlantic

March 20-28:  Montgomery's Eighth Army breaks through the MarethLine in Tunisia.
March 29:  Meat rationing begins in the U.S.
1944
March 24:  The Fosse Ardeantine Cave Massacre is carried out by SS Colonel Krappler.
March 24-25: TheGreat Escape - European Theater
1945
March 9:  U.S. B-24 bombers attack Tokyo, starting fires that will kill more than 120,000.
March 16:  U.S. Marines captures the Japanese held island of Iwo Jima after a month-long struggle. The 8-square-mile island was Japan's last line of radar defense to warn against American air attacks.

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.
"When I Grow Too Old To Dream" An older song that became popular in the 1940's.  [Listen to Vera Lynn sing it]

"Praise the Lord And Pass The Ammunition"

"BoogieWoogie Bugle Boy Of Company B" A swinging tune sung by the Andrews Sisters. This number was very popular in the 1940's.

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 ]


BOOKS AND DVDs:
The New York Times Complete World War 2: All the Coverage from theBattlefields and the 

Memorabilia  Replica U.S.1943 Harley-Davidson Pinup sign.