Monthly Archives: May 2016

Wojtek the Bear Soldier Who Battled the Nazis‏ In spring 1942, a new Polish Army was being created under the British in the Middle East. Polish soldiers and civilians imprisoned by the Soviets since the 1939 […]

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5th Army Advances in Italy Newsreel Footage

Posted on May 13th, 2016 by:

5th Army Advances in Italy Newsreel Footage United News footage of the American 5th Army on the Italian Front. The newsreel features General Dwight Eisenhower and General Mark Clark as they oversee American artillery firing on German […]

101st is First to Get Award of President By Jules B. Grad Stars and Stripes Staff Writer 101ST AIRBORNE DIV. Mar. 15—There’s a hallowed place in the United Nations’ hall of fame today for the “Battered […]

War Paint: The Filthy Thirteen Jump into Normandy War Paint: The Filthy Thirteen Jump into Normandy by Richard Killblane and Brian Miller and published by Victory Publishing, is a beautiful and comprehensive look into the history […]

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David McCampbell: The US Navy Ace of Aces

Posted on May 12th, 2016 by:

David McCampbell: The US Navy Ace of Aces David McCampbell started active duty with the US Navy in 1934 serving aboard the cruiser USS Portland. He graduated flying school and served on the carriers USS Ranger […]

Warner Brothers Meet the Fleet (1940) with George Reeves “Meet the Fleet” is a 1940 Warner Brothers color short film about the Navy. It follows 3 recruits as they train for sea deployment to Hawaii. Ironically, […]

Private Snafu: Coming Snafu (1943) by Warner Brothers “Private Snafu” were a series of animated training films for the US Army. Produced by Leon Schlesinger of Warner brothers, many of the films were written by Theodor […]

B-24 Liberators Get Turned into GI Mess Trays in Italy 15th Air Force ground crewmen turning scrapped B-24 Liberators into mess trays for GI’s. The sad fate of many WWII aircraft during and after WWII. The clip is […]

Frances Slanger – 1st ETO Nurse Killed in Action From Stars and Stripes By Arthur W. White Stars and Stripes Staff Writer. Just over a month ago, Frances Slanger, a nurse in a U.S. Army Field […]

Fred Rochlin, B-24 navigator who became a master storyteller Nothing about Fred Rochlin was usual. Son of Russian Jewish immigrants, he grew up in Nogales, Arizona raised by a Mexican Indian girl. He spoke English, Spanish […]

Khalkin-Gol Air Battles: Ivan Krasnoyurchenko vs Taro Kobayashi By Henry Sakaida What I am about to reveal will interest those of you who are into the Khalkin-Gol air battles. This was a story that I researched […]

Esther McCabe, America’s Number One War Mother On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and brought America into the war. Families all over the US saw their boys heeding their country’s call and going into […]

Wartime Rationing: Eating like there’s a War on By Jonathan Abbott On December 11th 1941,  rubber tires were the first item to be rationed in the United States.  By 1943 almost all consumer goods were rationed […]

Calvin Graham, 12 Year Old Sailor in WWII

Posted on May 7th, 2016 by:

Calvin Graham, 12 Year Old Sailor in WWII: Calvin Graham started shaving when he was eleven years old. He didn’t have much to cut, but he hoped the act itself would grow hair. Most boys try […]

Shoho the First Japanese Carrier Sunk in WWII The Shoho , sunk at the Battle of the Coral Sea, was the first Japanese aircraft carrier sunk during WWII. On June 1, 1935, the Imperial Japanese Navy […]

Navy Uniform Change Proposal from YANK Magazine In 1945, the Navy considered changing from their classic jumper and bellbottoms to a newer more “modern” uniform. Farewell to Bellbottoms Navy Notes By Donald Nugent Sp(X)3c Yank Navy […]

Henry Waskow, the Captain Immortalized by Ernie Pyle Captain Henry Waskow died on December 14, 1943 far from home. He was killed on a mountain named Monte Sammucro near the town of San Pietro Infine overlooking […]

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Po Valley, the Final Campaign in Italy

Posted on May 4th, 2016 by:

Po Valley, the Final Campaign in Italy The Po Valley was the last barrier for Allied Victory in Italy. After nineteen months of bitter fighting in Italy, the Allies had slugged their way from the beaches […]

Peter Kubicek’s  Memories of Evil, a childhood in the Holocaust In March 1939 the Nazis marched into the remaining free part of Czechoslovakia absorbing it into the Third Reich. That month in 1939 would destroy the […]

A Souvenir from the China-Burma-India Theater. To Ruth, From Red: By Jonathan Abbott In 1944, Ruth Racke left Claryville,Kentucky. She went north to Covington, a city on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River and lived […]

Motion Sickness Pills Put Soldiers to Sleep on D-Day Motion sickness pills were handed out to American soldiers on the evening prior to D-Day. On June 5, 1944, Paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions […]


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