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



APRIL TIME-LINE EVENTS: 

1942

On the Bataan Peninsula of the Philippines, U.S. and Filipino troops, low on food and ammunition, surrender. Japanese troops force about 76,000 prisoners to march to distant camps; at least 5,200 Americans die on the march. This became known as the Bataan Death March.

Sixteen U.S. bombers, led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle, take off from an aircraft carrier 800 miles (1300 kilometers) off Tokyo and make the first bombing raid against Japan.

1945
 Soviet troops enter Berlin, beginning a street-by-street battle.
Italian guerrilla fighters capture and kill Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. German forces in Italy surrender.
U.S. soldiers free 32,000 survivors of the Dachau concentration camp. It will become a memorial for victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler kills himself.

WW2airplane nose art : (See note below pertaining to "Pop ups and ads ) Enjoy the Big Band sound along with the visual.
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.
Ken Curtis (Festus from Gunsmoke) sings "The Caisson Song

"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 
Home Front

The Nightingale  A novel (Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves...)

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

Special stories by Louis L'Amour who also wrote mystery and adventure stories
Collection of mystery stories by L'Amour, HILLS OF HOMICIDE 
Collection of adventure stories by L' Amour,  ADVENTURE STORIES
NIGHT OVER THE SOLOMONS   Novel about the discovery of a secret Japanese base in the Solomons during WWII