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Make It Do – Gasoline Rationing in World War II

Seventy-five years ago this week, gasoline rationing began in the United States. Rationing was an important part of life in America during World War II. However, the government was apprehensive about gasoline rationing. As a symbol of freedom of movement, the automobile represented everything American, and politicians feared riots and rebellion if they curtailed that… Read more »

Of Terns and Planes

Seventy years ago, in July 1942, the armies of democracy battled the armies of totalitarianism, but a smaller battle raged between US Army Engineers and a little bird called the sooty tern. While researching the Army engineers for my upcoming novel With Every Letter (Revell, September 2012), I ran into an intriguing little story in Barry Fowle’s… Read more »

Happy Independence Day – Look Back for Inspiration

Happy Independence Day! This poster seemed appropriate with its Revolutionary War theme. In 1943, the United States and the rest of the world, faced its greatest threat. Germany, Japan, and Italy with the other Axis powers, had conquered vast areas of the globe. The Allies were beginning to make progress, clearing North Africa, invading Sicily… Read more »

Make It Do – Scrap Drives in World War II

Perhaps nothing represents the community-minded patriotism of the US Home Front in World War II better than the scrap drive. Seventy years ago, the United States was in the middle of its first major national scrap drive – for rubber. Enemy conquests cut off supplies of crucial raw materials such as tin and rubber, and… Read more »

Never Forget

Today we commemorate the 68th 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 »

The B-17 Flying Fortress, Part 2 – Crew

B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the US Air Force Museum, Dayton OH USAF Photo Few World War II airplanes have captured the imagination like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Springtime means the B-17s are on tour! Several organizations have beautifully restored B-17s that tour the country. For years, I’ve enjoyed walking through these planes, and… Read more »

The B-17 Flying Fortress, Part 1

B-17 Shoo Shoo Baby of the US Air Force Museum, Dayton OH (USAF Photo) Few World War II airplanes have captured the imagination like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Springtime means the B-17s are on tour! Several organizations have beautifully restored B-17s that tour the country. For years, I’ve enjoyed walking through these planes, and last… Read more »

Happy V-E Day Anniversary!

Sixty-seven years ago today, the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe. People went to church and prayed. Bells rang. Parades rejoiced through small towns and cities. The cost of victory was high. Tens of millions were killed in battle. More tens of millions were murdered and starved in concentration camps. And more millions perished as civilian… Read more »

Girl Scouts in World War II

This week, the Girl Scouts celebrated their 100th birthday. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, the Girl Scout organization promoted character building through outdoor activities, community service, arts and crafts, and homemaking skills. When World War II started, the Girl Scouts were well poised to take a solid role on… Read more »

Christmas in World War II – The 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. Last week’s post looked at Christmas for American servicemen and women, and this week’s looks at Christmas on the Home Front. Families on the Home Front… Read more »