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: DECEMBER-- Click on ["More"] for links to additional historical facts.
                                              WARNING: SOME LINKS MAY CONTAIN ADS


1936, Dec Hitler requires all boys between ages 10-18 to join the HITLER YOUTH. [MORE]

1940 --Dec 9 - British forces in Egypt counter attack the Italians along the Libyan coast [MORE]
1941

Dec 6 - At temperatures of -34C (-29F) and below, a major Russian counter attack near Moscow begins. Moscow is saved, and the Germans are pushed back. [MORE]


Dec 7 - The Japanese Navy attacks Pearl Harbor and the Philippines. the US joins the war.[MORE]

With the German failure to defeat Russia, which is marked by their failure to take Moscow, and with the United States joining the war a day later, This date marks the main turning point of World War 2.



Dec 8 Japan attack the Philippines destroying many aircraft at Clark Field,  [MORE]

Dec 11 - Germany and Italy declare war on the US.[MORE]

Dec 11 - Congress declares war on Nazi Germany and Italy


Dec 19 - Hitler orders "fanatic resistance" and appoints himself military commander-in-chief.

1943 -Dec - P-51 fighters provide all-the-way long range escort to bombers over Germany
1944--Dec 16 - The German attack in the Ardennes begin. In response to the invasion of Normandy, the German went on the offensive in what is known as the Battle of the Bulge  [MORE]

KOREAN AND VIETNAM WAR TIME LINE FOR DECEMBER


Nov. 7-Dec. 9, 1950
With their backs to the Sea of Japan and fighting in a brutally cold winter, U.S. Marines encircled at the Chosin Reservoir retreat to the ports Hungnam and Wonsan, where some 20,000 troops and refugees are evacuated. Known as the battle of "Frozen Chosin," the Chinese route 15,000 U.N. troops, causing 12,000 casualties; of those, 3,000 are killed.

December 20, 1960
The National Liberation Front (NLF), referred to as the Viet Cong or Charlie by the American Army, is established in South Vietnam. The Viet Cong were essentially communist rebels in the Democratic State of South Vietnam and became known for their guerrilla war tactics against the Americans.
December 1969: The U.S. government institutes the first draft lottery since World War II, prompting ever more young American men—later disparaged as “draft dodgers”—to flee to Canada.

December 1972: President Nixon orders the launch of the most intense air offense of the war in Operation Linebacker. The attacks, concentrated between Hanoi and Haiphong, drop roughly 20,000 tons of bombs over densely populated regions.
 

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.