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Posts Categorized: WWII Articles

Make It Do – Shoe Rationing in World War II

US poster, WWII

During World War II, many items were rationed in the United States, including shoes. Why Shoe Rationing? Due to the serious rubber shortage (Make It Do – Tire Rationing in World War II), footwear made of rubber or with rubber soles was rationed or unavailable. Also, the military had a high need for leather, not… Read more »

Unsung Heroes of World War II

The heroes of World War II have gained accolades for storming beaches and shooting down planes and sinking ships, for performing acts of great valor in intense danger. But what about the unsung heroes, those men and women who quietly performed their jobs, still making sacrifices and facing danger, but without accolades? This month I wrote… Read more »

Christmas in World War II – The Home Front

Christmas in World War II - the US Home Front

Although World War II did not take a holiday, Americans at home and abroad did their best to celebrate Christmas. Wartime separations and deprivations made festivities poignant and bittersweet. This post looks at Christmas on the US Home Front. See also: Christmas for American servicemen and women. Families on the US Home Front dealt with… Read more »

Christmas in World War II – The Military

Christmas in World War II - The US Military

Although World War II did not take a holiday, Americans at home and abroad did their best to celebrate Christmas. Wartime separations and deprivations made festivities poignant and bittersweet. This post looks at Christmas for American servicemen and women. See also: Christmas on the US Home Front. Christmas during World War II found Americans on… Read more »

Remember Pearl Harbor!

US poster commemorating Pearl Harbor, 1942

Seventy years ago, on December 6, 1941, twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses left Hamilton Field, north of San Francisco, bound for their new station on Mindanao in the Philippines. My great-uncle, then Lt. Roderick M. Stewart, served as a navigator on one of the crews. The first leg of their journey would take them to Hickam… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Freedom from Want

How could I resist this poster for Thanksgiving week? On January 6, 1941, in his State of the Union Address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that everyone deserved four fundamental freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear, and freedom from want. At the time, the Axis dictators stifled freedom of speech… Read more »

Medical Air Evacuation in World War II

“Do you have room for one more litter case?” the doctor asked. “Private Jenkins needs a thoracic surgeon. The nearest hospital’s in Cefalù, a long ambulance ride over rough roads. By air he’ll be in Mateur in two hours.” Flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake stared at the unconscious patient. He lay on a litter, his… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Labor Counts

On Labor Day I thought it was appropriate to honor the vital role of production in the Allied victory in World War II. The United States was well situated to become the “Arsenal of Democracy.” Other than a handful of bombings from Japanese submarine-based planes and shellings from submarines, America was undamaged. The factories and shipyards functioned… Read more »

Happy V-J Day!

Sixty-seven years ago, on August 14, 1945, World War II came to an end when Emperor Hirohito of Japan signed his acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration demanding unconditional surrender to the Allies. The surrender was announced in the United States at 7pm Eastern War Savings Time. The following day, August 15, was officially proclaimed V-J… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Yes, I Can!

I’m giving away a copy of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving! Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. Please include your email address in the following format: sarah[at]sarahsundin[dot]com. US only please. The winner will be posted on Friday, August 10. My plum tree overfloweth. Right now, two bags full of ripe… Read more »