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Posts Categorized: WWII Articles

When Tides Turn U-Boat Tour, Part 2 – and Giveaway

See pictures from inside German U-boat U-505 and read the story of its capture!

To celebrate the release of When Tides Turn, this week I’m conducting a photo tour of some of the sights in the book—and I’m giving away: “Vintage White Blossoms” candle from Vermilion, Ohio—Dan & Tess’s hometown. “Women of WWII” sticky notes, including a WAVE (like Tess!), purchased at Pearl Harbor. To enter, leave a comment… Read more »

When Tides Turn U-Boat Tour, Part 1 – and Giveaway

See German U-boat U-505 and read the story of her capture by escort carrier USS Guadalcanal in 1944.

To celebrate the release of When Tides Turn, this week I’m conducting a photo tour of some of the sights in the book—and I’m giving away: “Vintage White Blossoms” candle from Vermilion, Ohio—Dan & Tess’s hometown “Women of WWII” sticky notes, including a WAVE (like Tess!), purchased at Pearl Harbor To enter, leave a comment… Read more »

Make It Do – Clothing Restrictions in World War II

US poster, WWII, urging mending clothes.

During World War II, the United States didn’t ration clothing as the United Kingdom did, but restrictions were applied, and fashions adapted to use less fabric. Why Clothing? Eleven million men and women served in the US military during the war, and they all needed uniforms. This strained the country’s supply of fabric, particularly wool,… Read more »

Make It Do – Tire Rationing in World War II

During World War II, rationing was a large part of life on the United States Home Front. Tires were the first items to be rationed. Rubber Shortage The Japanese conquered the prime rubber producing nations of Malaya and the Dutch East Indies from January to March of 1942, eliminating 91% of America’s rubber supply. Since… Read more »

Remember Pearl Harbor – Tour & Commemorative Giveaway – Day 3

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II. Last month I was privileged to visit Pearl Harbor with my husband. This week I’m sharing photographs from our visit, plus some historical background. In addition, I’m giving away some commemorative items from Pearl… Read more »

Remember Pearl Harbor – Tour & Commemorative Giveaway – Day 2

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II. Last month I was privileged to visit Pearl Harbor with my husband. This week I’m sharing photographs from our visit, plus some historical background. In addition, I’m giving away some commemorative items from Pearl Harbor… Read more »

Remember Pearl Harbor – Tour & Commemorative Giveaway – Day 1

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II. Last month I was privileged to visit Pearl Harbor with my husband. This week I’m sharing photographs from our visit, plus some historical background. In addition, I’m giving away some commemorative items from Pearl… Read more »

Make It Do – Stocking Shortages in World War II

For American women in World War II, a shortage of stockings was a minor inconvenience, but it did affect daily life. Before the war, no well-dressed woman was seen in public without hose, and silk stockings were a necessary part of every woman’s wardrobe. Nylons Introduced Nylon was invented by DuPont in 1938, and nylon… Read more »

A D-Day Remembrance

US troops approach Omaha Beach in an LCVP landing craft, Normandy, 6 Jun 1944 (US National Archives)

Today we commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landings. On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from Nazi power. In August 2007, I was privileged to stand on Omaha Beach on a misty, overcast morning not unlike the men faced that historic day. As I stood… Read more »

Anchor in the Storm – World War II Destroyer Tour

For over one hundred years, destroyers have served as versatile naval workhorses. In World War II, US destroyers escorted convoys, hunted submarines, fought surface battles, bombarded shore positions, rescued downed airmen and stranded sailors, and served as radar pickets to detect and fight incoming kamikaze flights. In my new novel Anchor in the Storm, Ens. Arch… Read more »