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.
 

Autographed copies are available at Peregrine Book Co., Prescott, Ariz in the local author’s section

U.S. Army Patch worn by soldiers during the Japan occupation after the surrender in 1945.






                                              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.  

WW II TIME LINE FOR: FEBRUARY-- Click on ["More"] for links to additional historical facts.
                                              WARNING: SOME LINKS MAY CONTAIN ADS


1939  March 15:Hitler invades Czechoslovakia  [ MORE ]


1943:  March 29: Meat rationing begins in the U.S., but the ration is 28 ounces per week, and meat production rises by approximately 50 per cent.

1945:  
March 9: U.S. B-24 bombers fire-bomb Tokyo [ MORE

March 16  On Iwo Jima a month-long struggle comes to an end, as U.S. forces capture the 8-square-mile island. Possessing Japan's last line of radar defense to warn against American air attacks, Iwo Jima is a strategically significant prelude to the invasion of Okinawa.[MORE on Iwo Jima]


March 22: Allied forces cross the Rhine  [MORE ]


                                                           VIETNAM TIME-LINE


• March 1945: Japanese troops occupying Indochina carry out a coup against French authorities and announce an end to the colonial era, declaring Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia independent.

• March 1947: In an address to Congress, President Harry Truman states that the foreign policy of the United States is to assist any country whose stability is threatened by communism. The policy becomes known as the Truman Doctrine.

• March-May 1954: French troops are humiliated in defeat by Viet Minh forces at Dien Bien Phu. The defeat solidifies the end of French rule in Indochina.

• March 1965: President Johnson launches a three-year campaign of sustained bombing of targets in North Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Operation Rolling Thunder. The same month, U.S. Marines land on beaches near Da Nang, South Vietnam as the first American combat troops to enter Vietnam.   [MORE on Rolling Thunder]



The song, "Galveston" became popular during the Vietnam War era, but it was actually written for the Spanish-American War. Either way, it certainly fit well for a soldier going off to serve in the Vietnam War.

https://youtu.be/r0nMPVwdmjk?t=27


IRAQ WAR TIME LINE

March 20 2003   President Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq.
March 31, 2004  Four Blackwater private security employees are killed in Falluja.
March 23, 2008  The number of service and Defense Department civilians to die reaches 4,000.

March 7, 2010  Defying a sustained barrage of mortars and rockets in Baghdad and other cities, Iraqis go to the polls to choose a new Parliament.

SPECIAL POST ON THE NAZI SUBMARINE U-234:

In 1945, the German submarine, U-234, under top secret orders, was carrying special instructions and a cargo of uranium oxide to Japan.  The cargo was to be utilized for Japan’s atomic bomb project.  

Before the sub could reach its destination, the Nazi government capitulated, resulting in the commander of U-234 changing course, and surrendering to a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter.
One could speculate on an alternative historical outcome if U-234 would have completed its mission. 

For those wishing to read more about U-234, here are two links, each providing in depth coverage of the story:



Special Post:

The Saluting Boy on Omaha Beach [CLICK HERE TO WATCH]

  SPECIAL POST--
Why Did Hitler Lose the War?  An essay:  (You may ignore "Download ad at this site) [READ ESSAY]


SONGS OF THE TIME:  To listen, just click on the [TUNE IN or LISTEN ]

I'll Be Seeing You,   [CLICK TO LISTEN]    Shoo Shoo Baby [LISTEN TO the Andrew Sisters]
  
Overview of popular songs and music of the 1940's [LISTEN]
Blues In The Night [ TUNE INBesame Mucho [TUNE IN]   I'll Never Smile Again [TUNE IN]              When I Grow Too Old To Dream  [ CLICK HERE ]   Along The Navajo Trail [LISTEN]

You Belong To My Heart [ TUNE IN ]    1940's music collection [ LISTEN IN ]

SOME POPULAR MOVIES OF THE TIME PERIOD:

Lifeboat (1944) -  National Velvet (1944) - Since You Went Away (1044) - Life Boat (1944)

                      MOVIES OF THE 40'S YOU CAN VIEW  Just click on  [WATCH]:
                     State Fair  [WATCH]            Julia Ross  [WATCH]  

LIST OF POPULAR RADIO SHOWS 
Doc Savage (action) - Dragnet (police) - Alan Young Show (comedy) - Gang Busters (police)
The Great Gildersleeve (comedy) - Hopalong Cassidy (western) - Terry and the Pirates (serial)
Portia Faces Life (soap opera) - Death Valley Days (western) - The Whistler (weird mystery)


RADIO BROADCASTS ABOUT THE WAR: [CLICK HERE TO LISTEN]   (At the beginning of this link there will be a request to donate to the one that maintains this old news broadcast site, I's up to you to donate or not.  Just scroll below the donation request where there are a list of available radio porgrams. After making a selection, some audio may take a few moments to begin)

1940 POPULAR RADIO SHOWS INCLUDING DRAMA, COMEDY, ECT.  [ TUNE IN HERE 
  
WWII Aircraft history: Whistling Death, The Corsair [CLICK HERE]  
A COLLECTION OF 1944 RADIO AND NEWSREELS [CLICK HERE ]                                                  

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 ]

 WHAT BOOKS PEOPLE WERE READING IN THE 1940'SJust click on [BOOK TITLE ]
  
THE PEARL by John Steinbeck,    ANIMAL FARM AND 1984 by George Orwell   
  FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by Hemingway,  GRAPES OF WRATH by Steinbeck

ON THE HOME FRONT
ARIZONA'S AREA 51, CAMP BOUSE   An Army Desert Training Facility of the 1940's

 SELECTED SITES OF INTEREST:

The Smart Site for Kittens  [Click here]


Oil Paintings by L. C. Herst [ lcherst.com]

LC Herst fine art collection:  [CLICK HERE

 U.S. and Southwest History  A facebook site:  [ Click here ]

Hillsdale College publication, Imprimis article, Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence [CLICK HERE TO read the article]



RECOGNIZING CELEBS WHO SERVED IN WWII

 
                                                            
Kirk Douglas, US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and medically discharged.